Someone asked a question to which the answer came with an analogy using a reference of Moses’ life. Yes, the Moses from the Bible. It was in that moment, the seed was planted. I wanted to read more about this Moses. Clearly, I was missing some key and necessary points for my spiritual growth. The time had come for me to meet this man, to discover some commonalities we share, and to gain guidance—or at the very least, points for consideration.
It did not take long for the planted seed to sprout. I guess you could say, it fell on good soil. Seriously, I longed to know more about Moses immediately. Within days my curiosity turned into a clear instruction, and my instruction manual came in the form of “Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication” by Charles Swindoll. (See: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/moses-charles-r-swindoll/1111384112?ean=9780849913853)
Admittedly, this has been a timely read for me. It came when I was wrestling with returning to a place I had left. You see, I rarely return to things once I have concluded to depart. Are you like that? It is not like I consciously choose not to return. I simply do not think to do so. Something major has to draw my attention back to something once I have checked out. For me, that “something major” most likely has to be God-inspired.
Oh, how foolish I feel now having read this book admitting that I was wrestling with a God-inspired return. Sometimes I have to laugh at myself. If you find yourself in a similar position, this book is definitely worth reading. It does not stop there though. I gained so much insight (and confirmation) reading this book in the areas of leadership, walking by faith, trusting God even when dealing with the rabble, maturity, temperament, and so much more. Without giving too much away, one of the things that I have found myself thinking more about is the idea that God parted the Red Sea. Ok. Ok. I know, we have all heard of this before, but in reading this book, at this time, it dawned on me that GOD PARTED the Red Sea. The visual scene became real. I begin to think about the tsunami that happened in 2004, not for the scientific nor religious discussion but purely as a modern day reference that ocean-sized water can be pulled back. In some way, it made it easier to visualize the parting of the Red Sea—the crossing and the demise.
Think about it: The same God that did that for Moses and the people he was divinely instructed to lead, is the same God that is alive today. I think, sometimes, we devalue the greatness of that. Earlier, I began to think about the biblically referenced miracles and became so excited about my future and about the promises God has given to me. That same God is my same God.
Upon reflection, this book has been a great source of encouragement for me. It has reminded me to relax. I do not have to know the route before starting the journey. I just need to follow God and be obedient. This book has reminded me that blessings will come to me. They will chase me. Frankly, that is how I prefer it. This book has illustrated that there will be obstacles, frustrations, and failures, but the making of thick skin should never thicken my heart.
As I type this, I am smiling. Earlier, I received a phone call. On the other end of the line was a person who I had never met, yet he had a blessing for me. This man did not know he served as confirmation, but I knew. I am headed in the right direction.
If you are looking for a book to read. I recommend this one. It has blessed my life.