My mom, my daughter and I have the unique privilege to attend Bible Study Fellowship www.bsfinternational.org together every Thursday morning. Three generations studying the same thing at the same time, pretty cool huh? This year’s study is about the life of Moses. As you may or may not know, there was a pretty important calling on Moses’ life (like Ten Commandments important!) It was so important that many times he questioned it and begged of God, “Please send someone else.”
This week we studied the fifth and sixth chapters of Exodus in which the Isrealites were being severely oppressed by the Egyptians despite Moses and Aaron’s attempts to appeal to Pharoah to “Let My people go!” Instead they are pressed even harder to make “bricks without straw”. They have heard the promises of God that they are His chosen people, and that they will be led out of Egypt into the promised land. Yet all they seem to know are beatings and heavy labor without the resources to even fulfill their quotas. Reasonably so, they are deeply discouraged.
In my mind, I have often equated being given a cancer diagnosis to receiving an important calling on one’s life. The inclination to question it is there, “Really, God?” The need to appeal it is there. “Are you sure there isn’t someone stronger you could choose?” And most definitely, the discouragement is there.
In the midst of deepest discouragement it can often be tricky to see beyond the snapshot to the bigger, grander picture. Just as Moses’ confidence was boosted time and again by God’s reiteration of His promises to him and His people, your Pink Warrior friend could really use reminders of God’s promises too.
A few of my favorites.
“In this world you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world.”
“His mercies are new every morning.”
“Do not fear for I am with you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
“For The Lord will be with you wherever you go.”
“He will take great delight in you and will rejoice over you with singing.”
And from Exodus 6 itself:
“I have remembered my covenant.”
“I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.”
Find your own favorites and text ’em, email ’em, handwrite ’em, Aimee Weaver ’em. Your reminders might just give her the courage she needs to face her calling to make bricks without straw.