What’s in Your Hand?

feeding Haitian babyWhat’s that in your hand? This is the question God asked Moses at the scene of the burning bush. Moses, a shepherd, happened to have a staff in his hand. “That’s what you’ll use to show Pharaoh my miracles and wonders,” God said.

A woman went to Haiti wondering how to begin her work of feeding orphans. “Lord, all I have is a suitcase full of baby formula,” she said.

A man arrived at her house with a critically ill baby. The mother had died in childbirth and the father was helpless to save his little girl. The suitcase was opened. The baby drank formula. Each day the father brought his baby to the mission station to receive formula.

Fourteen years later, the father is a Christian believer and the baby is one of many children receiving care and education at the Haiti mission.

All because the missionary used what she had.

What is in your hand?

A pen? A paintbrush? A caring heart? A passion for helping a particular group of people? An open door? An opportunity? Whatever it is, ask God how you might use this particular thing for Him.

God is practical. He rarely sends us on impossible missions. He asks us to use what we already have.

Moses used his staff throughout the Exodus story. His story is an ancient one but one that is being repeated in smaller ways in our modern world. God is always on the look-out for people who will use what they have to accomplish a God-given task.

Making it Personal: Lord, show me how to use what you’ve already given me.

One Good Word Makes all the Difference by Rose McCormick Brandon is available here.


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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