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Grabbing life by the tail


I recently read over the story of Moses coming across the burning bush in the desert – if you’re not familiar with this one, it’s after Moses had been on the run for 40 years and he was doing all he could to control his own destiny and life. In the process, he had gone from living in a palace with anything and everything at his disposal to living outside with the dirty animals. Needless to say, he probably felt like a bit of a failure.

Then one day, while tending the sheep, he comes across a bush that’s engulfed in flames with the presence of God.  God starts speaking from out of the fire and giving direction to Moses. Moses argues with God and gives his list of excuses as to why he’s incapable of doing what God asks.

Picking up in Exodus 4:2, “Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back. Then the Lord told him, “Reach out and grab its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a shepherd’s staff in his hand.”


I laugh every time I read that Moses jumped back.

Another version says that Moses ran from it, and of course, he would. I would too. As if seeing the snake wasn’t cause enough for concern, the Lord then tells him to pick it up by the tail. Now, I’m no Jeff Corwin or Steve Irwin, but I definitely know not to pick a snake up by the tail. You are only supposed to grab a snake by the big end, the head, you never grab by the little end.

It’s possible this is exactly what God was trying to convey to Moses and something that we should take to heart today. What if the very reason your life seems to be out of control is that you keep grabbing life by the head and trying to manage it on your own? The shepherd’s staff was nothing more than ordinary when Moses had it in his hand. Only when he relinquished control did the ordinary turn extraordinary and the natural became the supernatural.

Today I encourage you to reflect on the areas of your life where you feel you are having to control the situations or outcomes. Then make a decision to let go of control and hang on to His control in your life. Release the head and hold on for the ride. Quit with all your excuses and reasons. When you let God release you on the stage of life, you won’t be able to control the miraculous. Only then will you see the mundane become exciting, the ordinary become extraordinary, and the natural become supernatural,

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