When I was about 16 years old, the worship pastor at dad’s church left unexpectedly. I had been playing the keyboard for a few years and knew how to chord and sing a bit. With nowhere else to turn, he asked if I would fill in. I was scared to death. All the songs I knew were in the key of G, and my voice sounded like Bob Dylan. To everyone’s surprise, we made it through the next Sunday and the Sunday after. A short term assignment turned into a few years.
My younger brother Charlie was learning to play the bass, so he got recruited also. We had an old brown and white Rickenbacker with strings that had not been changed in 10 years. Back on the black Tama drums was our older, and wiser youth pastor.
The worship songs of this bygone era were piano-driven – lots of lush diminished seventh chords, and throw in a key change or two for good measure. Charlie did his best but always managed to hit several bonkers.
After a good rehearsal, my patience would wear thin. He sat behind me on stage, and if he missed a note, I would turn around, glare and cross my eyebrows. He grew tired of this quickly. One Sunday, after a big bunch of fret buzz and bonkers, I turned to give him the dagger eyes of correction. I was surprised to see him smiling back this time. More dagger eyes only caused him to chuckle harder. Our youth pastor was also laughing. I finished and walked away, wondering what was so funny.
I had no idea my brother had wiped a giant booger on my the back of my suit coat. I played up on stage with his dried snot hanging off, and I never knew. Revenge is sweet. The real booger on my back though was my lack of patience and understanding.
All of us have blind spots, areas of weakness we can’t see. They are like boogers on our backs. We have no idea they’re there. As gifted as Moses was, he had a big booger. He could write holy Scripture, spend hours in prayer, part seas, and call down plagues, but was horrible at organization. As we read Exodus 18, it’s almost humorous to see how poor and clueless Moses was. He saw the big picture but couldn’t understand how to administrate and make it flow.
The church Moses led was over a million strong. Because there were no systems and structures in place, the burden fell on his shoulders. Not knowing what else to do, humble Moses hunkered down to carry the weight alone. As a result, the great congregation in the wilderness struggled along at a snail’s pace and began to grow tired and discouraged.
The breakthrough Moses needed came through a relationship…