Spiritual Musings

when you’re up against people-power

Word’s gotten out–people know about this. Exodus 2:14 (The Message)

People–generally–are not truth seekers; they are flesh mongers. We’d rather crucify than save the accused. When people get wind of a situation, the result is almost often disastrous. There is no seeking of truth–what really happened, why it happened; the motive or the heart behind it; whether is was an unintentional slip of the hand or mind.

So, when Moses killed a man in the acting of protecting another, he ran. The possibility of what could come out of people-power created in him such fear that he couldn’t see another alternative.

He didn’t see another alternative because he hadn’t had his God-power experience yet. This happened before the burning bush, before his partnership with God, before experiencing God’s grace and forgiveness, before he learned of a Power that superseded the power of people.

After His wilderness time with God, we meet the new Moses, the man who no longer runs away in panic or apprehension. We find Moses fearless of people-power–never running, always confronting trouble head-on.

Personal Ramblings, Spiritual Musings

when bad turns to good–eventually

“As it turned out, God was with Joseph and things went very well with him.” Genesis 39:2

Joseph was betrayed by his brother, sold to strangers, taken to  a strange country. Traveling with Ishmaelites, Joseph saw his future clearly: a slave in chains till his dying day.

But God was WITH Joseph. God was not trailing in the desert ,behind the camel to which Joseph was shackled; God was with him, making sure the sisal rope didn’t cause an infection. God was not off on another job when Joseph was put on the auction block; God was with him, propping him up so Joseph looked brave and strong on the outside.

What strikes me even more is that to make Joseph’s story have a great ending, God was at two places at the same time at every one of Joseph’s ordeal. He was with the Ishmaelites, whispering to them the right plans for Joseph, He was with Potiphar, prompting him to buy Joseph.

And that’s the lesson I am learning right now–God works, on my behalf, in the hearts of those that matter. The past year has been a rough one and I have felt the righteous wrath of fellow church members. It was so bad that some have seen me cry (and that has happened only once before). To make things worse I could not share my side of the story fast enough to catch up with the ill-intentioned little mob. And even if I had, the other side was far more convincing and  was one that didn’t beg the listener to look for another perspective. Things were so bad that I couldn’t write (and that also has happened only once before)

It has been difficult to let time and God take their course.  But I must, like Joseph, remember that God is with me and things will go well.