I love watching my grandchildren. I love that they are all so unique! They interact with adults and each other so differently, and display strengths in different ways. One of them is a budding actor – his play is all about dressing up and playing parts. Another is fascinated with science and loves making stuff work. One of them is very observant and perceptive. I can already make guesses about the sort of careers that they might be interested in, and it will be fascinating to watch how they develop and make their way through life.
Moses as a young man was a leader-in-the-making, but he had a lot to learn. In Exodus 2:11-14, he began using his privileged position as a young prince in the Egyptian court when he came across an Egyptian beating a Hebrew. Either because he had been well taught in the art of combat, or because the Egyptian slave owner would not have dared to fight back, he killed the man outright and used his well-developed muscles to bury the body. But he made a mistake. One person knew -the slave he’d saved. Maybe this man started out telling the story of his miraculous rescue, but before long gossip had done it’s work, and soon everyone knew about Moses killing the Egyptian. So the very next day, when he came across two Hebrews fighting he got a very different reaction. Gone was the respect, gone was any appreciation of his support for their plight, and out came the rude comment, “Who made you ruler and judge over us?”
Actually, God did. Just that none of them knew it yet; but that was exactly what Moses was to become. God had a lot of work to do to change this law-breaker into a law-maker, but the potential was all there.
God has put so much in us. He knows our potential even when we don’t. A while back, I thought I’d achieved everything I’d set out to do, I’d ‘arrived’. I was so wrong! God still has work for us to do; that’s easy to see when you are young and virile, but harder for the older or disabled. But God is so creative. We need to trust his creativity in the ways he can use people. And maybe we need to be more inclusive too. For example, how often do we give people with learning difficulties the opportunity to pray for others? On Sunday I was thrilled to see one of the oldest members of our congregation go to the front in her mobility scooter to pray for a young person going off to University.
To misquote John Lennon, “All I am saying, is give people a chance!”