The children of Israel that we encounter in Exodus 32 are an…interesting…slightly hilarious…and terribly impatient group of people. By the time we get to c32, they’ve crossed (and shouted across) the Red Sea, received a covenant (promise…special treatment) from God, and received manna from heaven DAILY. They’ve seen miracles (plural….like…more than one) with their own eyes….and now turn away from God because Moses goes missing for 40 days (makes you wonder who they actually trusted, huh?). It’s not like Moses was off wandering in a random place, he was with God getting direction for their next level; but because the children of Israel couldn’t SEE him, they lost faith in all that they had seen. Now, it’s easy to talk down on the children of Israel….until we realize how much we have in common with them.
It’s always so interesting (and slightly weird) when people ask me about my law school experience, because I feel that my journey has been so…..exceptional. Not exceptional in an arrogant or ‘you can’t follow in my footsteps because I’m so amazing’ way, but because I felt so…behind. I didn’t have my books for the first few days (which equated to weeks in law school time, because cases are harder to read/comprehend than you think they are). I had no idea what was happening or what the timeline was for the first….half (or so) of the semester (I’d barely understood what was happening in class). I’m black (1/3 in my section). I’m relatively quiet (this whole ‘peopleing’…thing that you social people do takes work lol). I knew 1 attorney (that I didn’t really want to bother). I’m a family person (what good is it being in the same city with a family I don’t see?!). So, I had to fight a few battles that my classmates didn’t. The thing that always got me (and upset me) was the fact that I never asked for this. I never asked for the system (or my life) to be set up like this! If I’d had my books early, if I knew what was going on or what was ahead, if I…..didn’t have everything happening at once….I….wouldn’t have the testimony that I do now….huh?
Have you ever been driving on the freeway, etc., and hit a really bad pothole? Potholes can impact the alignment of your tires, or ruin them in entirety. They can even have an impact on your engine. Similar to the holes in our own lives, potholes can be plainly visible, or hidden (like a thief in the night, chil’), but all need to be handled, and all damage will eventually need to be addressed. Well, whether you recognize it or not, we’ve all shown up to do some work, and fill the potholes that we all have in our own lives today. Ready?! Really?!!! Yeeeeeessssss….let’s go.
Have you ever heard or read a verse, and it just….stick with you? Like, you can’t seem to shake it? That’s what’s recently happened between me & Genesis 12:1-3. Let’s talk about, shall we? Ohhhhh you bet we shall (lol)….
In Exodus 17: 8-16, the story is told of a battle between the children of Israel & the Amalekites. They’ve (children of Israel) been delivered from Egypt, crossed over the Red Sea, and are now in the wilderness trying to get to the Promise Land. However, similar to many of our lives, they have to fight their way to the promise, and this time, their opponents are the Amalekites. Everybody has a role in this battle: Joshua is told to gather an army, and go to battle, Moses stays at the top of the hill & holds up “the rod of God”, Aaron and Hur…
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