We had a holiday on the Channel Island of Guernsey when our son was living there. We flew there, and he lent us his car, as he was in work. The first morning we set out, trying to follow the map to a particular part of the coast we wanted to visit. After a few minutes, the map and the road did not seem to agree, and after about twenty minutes we were hopelessly lost – until I started to recognize the road – we were back where we had started out from! A local guy noticed us fervently studying the map, and asked if he could help. In the end, he decided it was easiest for him to drive there, with us following. So kind – he went so far out of his way for us, mere strangers! But we did reach our destination, and it was spectacularly beautiful. He could have given us the directions, and told us, “You’ll know you are on the right road when you see the place you are looking for.” But would we have made it?!
It sounded rather like that to me when I read Exodus 3:12 – “You’ll know you got it right when you arrive here, well away from Egypt.” Mmmm. Well one thing is certain, unless God had commissioned it, there is no way they would have ever got there. But it was more than that. A footnote in my bible makes the point that the ‘you’ is plural. God was giving him a vision to aim for – a picture of the whole nation worshipping almighty God in that very place, with Moses in the midst of them, revelling in the glory of what God had done in and through him. Moses needed every bit of motivation that God could aim in his direction, and God is so gracious to meet us where we are at, with all our limitations.
Because actually, God wants to take off the limitations. We see the problems; he sees the possibilities. And he wants to share that perspective with us. Are you brave enough to ask him to give you a fresh vision of all that he wants to do in you and through you, and when you get it, to do something with it? And it’s so good to know that he doesn’t just tell us the way, like the kind man in Guernsey, he goes ahead and leads us to it.