What is that You Have in your Hand?
Have you ever said: ‘I do not know what I must do with my life' or 'what is my purpose?’
Well, everyone has a purpose, no matter where they might be in life or location.
Someone said, ‘Your occupation is the location for your vocation.’ Your occupation is wherever you are posted or positioned in life whether that be in a home, on the road, in an office or anywhere else. You can find your purpose right where you are. The question to ask is: ‘What can I do where I am? What can I do with what I have?’
The Lord will ask you: ‘What is that you have in your hand?’, just as He asked Moses.
Moses had excuses for why he could not do anything and they were very good excuses, but the Lord asked him the above question. Moses had a shepherd’s staff in his hand, ‘But what can you do with a staff?’
But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?” Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. Exodus 4:1-2.
What the Lord required of Moses was for him to put that staff in His hands, so He could change an ordinary staff into ‘the staff of God.’
So Moses… headed back to the land of Egypt. In his hand he carried the staff of God. Exodus 4:20.
Anything in God’s hands is supernatural. He puts the ‘super’ onto our ‘natural’. So that nothing becomes impossible.
I had an ordinary job. The drudgery of the day was the same each week, month and year. The years rolled by until I asked in frustration: ‘What am I doing here? What is my purpose?’
Then the Lord showed me the faces of my colleagues and I began to see as He saw. I saw the drudgery, the emptiness of worldly wisdom and achievement, the hopelessness and the vanity of life in the midst of a prosperous culture.
So I asked Him what He wanted to do about it. He then showed me what I could do – pray.
With time we started a Christian Workplace Group that prayed for the organisation and colleagues. Then we were able to organise an Alpha in the workplace, later an Easter event and later a Christmas carol service. These made an impact on the organisation. They raised morale and gave hope to colleagues. They also helped to educate the organisation with the meaning of Christianity during an important period in the Christian calendar.
So I learnt to bloom where I was planted.
‘What can you do where you are?’
It might not be as dramatic or huge in terms of human perception but it will be significant if God is in it. It could be a smile, a word of encouragement or a helping hand to someone; or it could be much, much more.
The Lord sees you where you are and He has put just the right gift and ability in you. There is something in your hand that you can use.
‘… take your shepherd’s staff with you, and use it to perform the miraculous signs I have shown you.” Exodus 4:17.
Use what you have, not what you do not have, and start right where you are.
‘Lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.’ Exodus 14:16.
All things are possible…