There is a well-known joke about Moses’ speech impediment. It goes like this. God came to Moses and asked him to pick a land for the Israelites to inhabit. Somehow Moses knew Canada was rich in natural resources, including oil, and so he tired to say Canada. But when he stammered, “Can…Can…Can…Can…” God thought he was saying Canaan and gave him what we know as Israel today.
The Bible never states Moses stuttered, but he had all the signs. Those who stammer are terrified of speaking, and always look for a spokesperson. There is persistent avoidance and hesitation. At age 80, Moses had lost his powerful speaking gift. Stuttering and stammering can become a condition later in life because of intense trauma, stress, anxiety, grief, and loss.
In response, God said in Exodus 4:11, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?”
Remember, more than adequate, God just needs you available. Many dreams get stuck in the planning and preparation phase. We have reams of research but no results. We stutter in action. We aim, aim, aim, aim, aim, but never fire. You don’t need to take a nightly course at the community college on oral communications. Moses had the skills to speak. They were just rusty. He had been sitting around thinking too much by himself. If you wait until you’re fully prepared you’ll never do anything. You have everything you need inside. So when God calls just go.
Moses slipped from voicing fears, to down right refusing to go. He said in Exodus 4:13, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Again, we’re blown away that God would ever call such a reluctant, hesitant, fearful, self doubting person. Now, the Lord’s patience wore thin. To help Moses get off his dime, God stirred the heart of Aaron his brother. After the theophany, the signs and wonders, and audible voice of God, even Moses needed a compadre. Exodus 4:14 says, “…Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.” What a reunion in the wilderness. The lost brother he had never met, came looking for him in the desert, eager to join him in the mission. Finally, a ray of hope broke through the darkness. Moses turned from the wilderness and set his sights on returning home and fulfilling God’s call.