Week 5  Day 3 

why me
      we have probably asked that question often
      it is a question growing out of
            unfairness
            suffering
            fear
      people of every age have asked that question
      from Moses to modern day men and women

      there are those events we go through
            that are painful
                 challenging
                 conflicting
            but when resolved
                 completed
                 reconciled
            there is celebration too

      we are not without resources in the tasks
      to which the Lord calls us
            blessings given
            talents bestowed
            presence abiding

may the Lord help us to see beyond the
why me
      because the present is not all there is
            the journey is not over
            the Lord still has something special in store for us

                                                                             ---rus  

                                   A RELUCTANT LEADER
Recruiting Aaron, briefing the troops, confronting Pharaoh.
                                             Exodus 4 & 5

    1Then Moses answered, "Suppose they will not believe me
or listen to my voice; suppose they say, 'The Lord has not
appeared to you.'"  2The Lord said, "What is in your hand?" 
He said, "A rod."  3And He said, "Cast it on the ground."  He
cast it down and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.  
4The Lord said to Moses, "Reach out your hand and take it
by the tail."  He reached out and caught it, and it became
a rod
in his hand.
    10Then Moses said, "O my Lord, I am not eloquent, but
I am slow of speech and slow of tongue."  11So the Lord said
to him, "Who has made man's mouth?   Or who makes the
mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind?  Have not I, the Lord?  
Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach
you what you shall say."
    13But Moses said, "O my Lord, please send by the hand of
whomever else you may send."  14So the anger of the Lord was
kindled, and He said:  "Is not Aaron the Levite your brother?
I know that he can speak well.  Look, he is coming out to meet
you.  15You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth,
and I will teach you what you shall do.  16He shall be your
spokesman to the people.  17And you shall take this rod in
your hand, with which you shall do the signs.
    29Moses and Aaron gathered together all the elders of the
children of Israel.  30Aaron spoke all the words which the
Lord had spoken to Moses.  Then he did the signs in the sight
of the people.  31The people believed; and when they heard
that the Lord had visited the children of Israel and looked on
their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.
    1Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh,
"Thus says the Lord God of Israel:  'Let my people go, that
they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.'"  2Pharaoh
said, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice?  I do
not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go."  
    6Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and
their officers, saying, 7"You shall no longer give the people
straw to make brick as before.  Let them go and gather straw
for themselves.  8You shall lay on them the quota of bricks
which they made before.  You shall not reduce it.  For they
are
idle; therefore they cry out saying, 'Let us go and sacrifice
to
our God.'  9Let more work be laid on the men."
                        This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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