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A Devotional:

Being Stretched

“Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”          

– Ex 3:10 (ESV)

Most of us come up with excuses for why we can’t do what God wants us to do. We let fear and doubt get in the way. We start by saying, “I can’t”, and we forget to rely on the one who can. Moses had some of the same excuses that I had and still sometimes struggle with today. 

“Who am I? What if they ask me your name? What if they won’t believe me and will not obey me? Lord, I have never been eloquent!      

– Ex 3:11,13, 4:1,10 (CSB)

When Susie and I began talking about having children, we knew we wanted to raise them in church. Neither one of us had regularly attended church growing up but felt it would be an important part of raising our children. So not having a church home, we set out to find one!

The adventure of being stretched began with that first church we visited. We began by attending worship and finally decided to attend a Sunday school class to get more connected. We entered the classroom and were greeted by those in attendance. As the teacher began, he said he would have each of us read scripture that related to the Bible lesson. As my turn approached, I began to get very uncomfortable. It wasn’t that I couldn’t read, I was uncomfortable when it came to public speaking. As I sat waiting for my turn to read, the memory of that terrible day I had to stand in front of my 6th-grade class to give a book report aloud returned! I was wearing a blue turtleneck, blue corduroys, and brown shoes, and I’m sure my face was beet red. Afterward, I vowed I would never speak in front of a group again! As that fearful memory was running through my head, it was suddenly my turn to read the scripture, and I did. Susie and I left that day, and I told her we would not go back to that church! 

The following Sunday, we visited another church where I was again called to read scripture aloud! And again, we did not go back. Being stretched and uncomfortable was beginning to be a normal part of Sundays for me. 

Finally, Susie’s coworker invited us to her church. Susie informed her friend of my reading aloud situation who passed it on to the Sunday school teacher. As we pulled into the First Moore parking lot that day, I told Susie we would not go back if I was asked to read. Thankfully, the Sunday school teacher honored the request, and it eventually turned into a class joke. I ultimately read aloud, and even though it was uncomfortable at times, the more I read the easier it became. 

God used my situation of being uncomfortable to learn to become more comfortable speaking. It is not always easy, but my uncomfortableness always reminds me of who I need to trust in daily. He stretched and molded me in ways that I could never have imagined. I had no idea that day would be the beginning of a journey that called me into full-time ministry sharing the Gospel here at home and on the mission field.  

Are you uncomfortable? Is God stretching you in an area of your life today? Being uncomfortable may mean God is trying to teach you some new ways of thinking or behaving, stretch you in a new area of effectiveness, raise your sights beyond yourself to see others in need, push you to become someone capable of much greater responsibility or invite you to be an effective agent in spiritual warfare for His kingdom. No matter where He is leading, you have been given the opportunity through this current crisis to become comfortable being uncomfortable by sharing Christ to those around you. Most have been given more time at home so take the opportunity to seek the Lord, lead your family, make a phone call to a loved one, and let the Lord stretch you in ways you could never have imagined!

Pray: Ask God to show you where He wants to stretch and use you right now and answer His call.

Written By: FBCBA | CBC – Senior Adult Ministry Team

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