During a trip to Maui, I walked across the street from our motel. As I breathed in the ocean air and gazed at the sights around me, I suddenly looked at my feet and noticed a pair of sandals resting in the dark red powdery dirt. I looked up and saw a monument, actually a shrine dedicated to the lost extinct island of Moku'ula, a place where royalty and the gods assemble and kings are nurtured. I don't know if the owner of the sandals merely forgot them or decided to leave them in honor of the many Hawaiian gods, but if he were here I would tell him about another episode in history where someone abandoned his sandals in reverence to deity. Only this deity was not one of many false gods. He was the one and only true God.
The time was about five thousand years ago. Moses was tending his father-in-law's sheep on Mt. Horeb. It was a typical day for the sheep herder. Minding his own business, he encounters a blazing bush which tweaks his curiosity. He wonders why the bush burns but is not consumed. Drawing closer, he sees a figure in the midst of the fire. He had run away from a king only to encounter the King. God calls his name from the midst of the bush, and Moses responds, "Here I am."
Moses does not appear caught off guard when the figure speaks to him. He seems ready and willing to meet God. He obeys by abandoning his sandals in honor of the holy ground on which he stands. He demonstrates humility by this simple act and thus God is able to instruct him about how to deliver His people from the hand of Pharaoh. Moses expresses doubt, but God says to tell the Israelites that I AM has sent him to free them from slavery and deliver them to a land of great promise.
On an ordinary day, God chooses to invade one man's life with possibility because He sees in Moses a willing, humble spirit. In spite of Moses' uncertainty and awkward speech, God uses him to accomplish a plan that exalts Moses to the great Hall of Faith described in Hebrews chapter eleven.
Can God use me? Can God use you? The answer is a definite "YES!" When we abandon our sandals and allow God to invade our space, to wield His extraordinary hand on our ordinary circumstances, releasing our own wills and saying, "Here I am," then He can do mighty things through us! What an overwhelming thought! Nothing else quite brings deep satisfaction like knowing you are accomplishing God's purposes.
Are you fulfilling God's plan for your life right now, right where you are? If not, why not? Is there some inadequacy, fear or doubt, or even your own personal agenda, that is holding you back from fully selling out to God? Are you supposed to be somewhere else? Ask Him to show you what is holding you back. Then step forward, remove your sandals, and say to Him, "Here I am; use me."
Eileen Rife, author of Laughing with Lily, speaks to women's groups, encouraging them to discover who they are in Christ and what part they play in His amazing story. The above article is taken from her devotional, Tranquil Moments, Spiritual Refreshment from the Island of Maui. www.eileenrife.com, www.eileen-rife.blogspot.com