“The Lord said to Moses, ‘What is that in your hand?’” Exodus 4:2
When summer arrives, my children start thinking about making art projects for the County Fair. Come rainy summer days, they pile crayons, markers and paints on a table and create potential first-prize-winning art.
Rather than load up a WalMart cart with manufactured foam shapes and fake gems, I try to encourage the young artists to forage around the backyard for art supplies.
In our “big outdoor art supply store”, they can glean grapevines, sticks, twigs and seed pods. They choose smooth rocks for painting and we grow birdhouse gourds that eventually become Mod Podge masterpieces.
When we create with these materials, at least we will know that — for better or worse — our projects will be unique.
After all, no one else could possibly bring the same oddly-shaped, wood-burned gourd studded with round pebbles to the County Fair.
Speaking of using what’s handy…let’s look at the life of Moses. When God chose Moses to approach Pharaoh, Moses objected. He doubted that he could persuade the king of Egypt of anything.
God asked Moses, “What is that in your hand?” It was his shepherd’s staff– his familiar, occupational tool.
What power could an ordinary staff possibly hold? Yet, God eventually used it to confirm Moses’ prophetic message and showcase His own mighty acts!
We can also ask ourselves, “What do I have in MY hand?” What has God given me that I can use for my family’s needs?
What has God given me that I can use to help someone? Bless someone?
When we put forth our everyday supplies (however ordinary they are) God seems to add something to them. When we offer up ourselves and our humble assets, God can do amazing things!
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt