Are you an artist? A lot of very talented and creative people have a hard time admitting that they are artists. You don’t have to sell a bunch of paintings to be an artist, although I hope you do. If you have a passion for painting and put your hand to it, welcome to the club.
Regardless of what we think of our own skills, God can use us in a powerful way if we only let Him. Thousands of years ago, a man named Moses came on the scene. Although he had escaped bondage of Egypt, his people remained trapped in its cruel system. God interrupted his confortable life and told him to go back and tell Pharaoh to let his people go.
Moses began to make all kind of excuses as to why he wasn’t qualified; “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt? when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them? But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue” Exodus 4 & 5 NKJV
In the midst of all the excuse-making, God asked Moses, “What is that in your hand?”
The Rod of God
It was his shepherd’s staff, aka; a rod. God told him that he would perform miracles through that rod, which He did. The scriptures go on to call Moses’ staff the ‘rod of God’. It really wasn’t the rod that brought deliverance, but Moses willingness to use it as God instructed him.
Again I ask the question, “What’s in your hand?” If it’s a paintbrush, do you suppose God could use it to deliver people from the bondages of sin? If you believe so, join us in a Jesus En Plein Air (JEPA) workshop.