I remember when one of our girls was learning to ride her bike. Every time we tried to help her fulfill her destiny and ride without training wheels, she broke out in tears. One night after dinner, I told her flat out, “We’re taking the training wheels off. I’ll run beside you all the way. You can do this!” After 30 seconds of trying, she ran back inside. “I told you I don’t want to do this!” she said, slamming the door.
A few days later, I said, “Honey, we need to try again. Think about riding your bike to the pool in the summer. Let’s do this!” Reluctantly, she tried again, this time for a minute, but dropped the bike, and ran inside.” I yelled, “You get back here, right now! Don’t you run away from your father!”
Wendy and I continued to encourage her, “You can do this, girl.” Then, to our surprise, a few days later, she declared, “Let’s go right now. I’m going to ride my bike.” We walked outside, and with one push, she was off like a pro. After peddling like the wind, and performing several loops around our culdesac, she came to a stop. We had to know, “What happened? How did you do that?” She said, “I started to say to myself, ‘I think I can. I think I can.’”
Finally, we see a shift in Moses’ story in Exodus 7:6-7, “Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them. Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.” It took 80 years, but he got it worked out. It just takes some people longer than others. But finally, he was renewed in the attitude of his mind (Ephesians 4:23). He got over himself and moved on with his life. I think he started believing, “With God, I think I can.”
Moses simply did what the Lord commanded him to do, and went back to see Pharaoh with the same message, “Let God’s people go.” But because Pharaoh hardened his heart, God sent ten plagues. As God’s deliverance plan unfolded, Aaron was the prime mover. Aaron’s rod turned into a snake (7:10). He smote the Nile, and it turned to blood (7:19), and Aaron’s rod brought the frogs and gnats (8:6; 17). But then a change happened, and Moses took center stage. He threw soot into the air, and boils appeared (Ex. 9:10). He stretched out his staff and hail came (9:23). God used Moses rod to send the locust (10:13). And, when Moses stretched out his hand, darkness fell over the land (10:22).
Does this reveal a close partnership, or do we see a slow transformation as Moses worked out his insecurities and fears? I think the latter. Moses continued to show up and work out his faith. It didn’t happen overnight, because he had many knots to untangle. But as he began moving in the right direction, God started to working powerfully in him.
As a parent, I wasn’t very patient with my daughter. In fact, I was a little embarrassed, and on the verge of giving up. But our God never gives up on us. He knows our frame and remembers we are dust. He’s always ready to run by us and encourage us as we step out in faith. God is always ready to partner with us in our transformation, so don’t give up on yourself! Paul put it this way in Philippians 2:12-13, “Philippians 2:12-13, “…Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”