The LORD said to unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said a rod.
On April 29th we visited Topkapi (Canyon Gate) Palace. As I said before we could not take pictures. Some of the fascinating things we saw were pieces of the king’s treasury. There was a crib made of gold…gold I say! And all types of precious stones even an 86 carat diamond cut in a teardrop shape! It was huge and made me rethink diamonds are a girls best friend! Although something that big and valuable would be more like an albatross around the neck. Nevertheless it didn’t stop me from trying to ask the guard where I could find a tall, dark and handsome descendent of Mr. Spooner, who cut the diamond, but the language barrier was to great so I gave up 🙂 !
Other exciting things were the arm and skull of John the Baptist. It was covered in gold with an opening so we could see the bone. We also saw the turban of Joseph and the staff of Moses! The staff was about 3 to 4 ft tall. Now ladies and gentlemen, I was disappointed! It was like going to the Louvre Museum waiting to see the Mona Lisa and finding it a fragment of its Hollywood depiction. I thought, “Come on! Where is the Charleton Heston size staff?! Was Moses 2ft tall? Can this be the right one?!”
As I read the description it said that the staff of Moses came from heaven. When Moses threw down his staff and it became a snake there was nothing significant about that. In fact Pharoah’s men did that too. What was miraculous was the staff of Moses gobbled up the staff of the enemy! It was then they realized this was no ordinary staff; and it wasn’t. It was a staff from Heaven! That’s when it hit me. It wasn’t the size of the staff in Moses’s hand but the power behind the staff in his hand! That’s why he could minister so many miracles with the staff, because it was guided and empowered by the power of God!
Contrary to the Capital One commercial it’s not what’s in your wallet that’s important but what’s in your hand.
Moses’s staff was small and unimpressive yet it was an instrument empowered by God. This encouragement to use what’s in your hand no matter how insignificant or small it may seem. It just may be an instrument empowered and equipped by God to consume or convince barriers and enemies out of the way and take you into your promised land.
Lord God thank you for the gifts, graces and abilities you have blessed us with. Helps us to recognize what’s in our hand and when it is is small and seemingly insignificant let us not despise it but be thankful that your power is mighty no matter what.
In Jesus name, Amen.