Meandering with Moses (3)

If I wrote my life story, the names would have to be changed to protect the guilty. Or so I joke. Half seriously. And yet, whenever I am asked that ice-breaker question of “if you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?” I always say, “there isn’t anything I would change.” Not because my life has been perfect, but because every factor in it has made me who I am at this very moment, and I can’t choose what part of me to abandon.

A boy is born into a persecuted minority family; he had to be hidden from sight to save his life; left floating in a basket in a river; adopted by a member of the persecuting elite but nursed and cared for by his birth mother; taken away from his mother, again; raised in luxury; given an advanced education; mighty in word as a statesman and in deed as a soldier; murderer; fugitive. What would he change about his life? And if he did change something, how dramatically would the history of the Isrealites be changed?

When I focus on the daily entries in my diary and not on the eternal picture of my life, I can easily forget that the Author And Finisher Of My Faith is writing a story that is pleasing to His purpose from the disjointed chapters I contribute. Moses was bigger than the factors of his life, because a massive narrative was being divinely composed from his journal entries. You and I can also live bigger than our lives. It can be our favorite story.

Blessings to you who meander after Moses with me,

About ccragamuffin

Christina C. is a woman energized by encouraging others. She never wants to forget that she is a ragamuffin...a broken earthen vessel, heavy laden, bedraggled, and weary until grace changed her life. She now holds a treasure in a cracked earthen vessel. Anything bright or beautiful is the treasure shining through the cracks.
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  9. I echo the words of the first paragraph. I suffered 22 years of extreme abuse, but I can honestly say I praise God for each and every thing that happened to me, because they helped to make me what I am today and gave me a ministry to ones who have suffered in similar ways.

    Through the following 54 years of knowing Christ, there have been problems, but God was (is and always will be) in control and He used everything to “grow” me. The times of greatest difficulty were the times of greatest blessings and spiritual growth.

    We serve an amazing God!

    • ccragamuffin says:

      Dear MeetingInTheClouds…it seems that you have graduated from the University Of Adversity…with honors…and that you should be a teaching professor. Thank you for sharing this testimony, it will be a great encouragement to someone who needs to know that the storms of life do not blow the child of God upon the rocks, but into the safe harbor of the Lords arms. Blessings.

  10. Scott Sholar says:

    This was a great piece. It was what I needed. God bless you guys.

    • ccragamuffin says:

      If it was what you needed, then that IS great! I am praying for you as I typed this Scott Sholar…may this chapter in your story be especially blessed with a recognition of the larger narrative. Blessings.

  11. literary lew says:

    Very good. I’ve meandered with Moses for a while myself. Shakespeare noted, “There’s a destiny that doeth shape our ends rough hew them how we may.” And, oh how I have roughly hewn mine.

    • ccragamuffin says:

      Thank you LiteraryLew…it is good to meader after Moses with someone! We all, and we each, have rough planks that the Master Carpenter creates, and re-creates, into works of art…”For we are His workmanship”…His work of art. I am still on the easel! Blessings.

  12. mtsweat says:

    Amen Cee Cee! What a needed word for today. We were leveled when we walked through the doors of my place of employment with the news of the tragic loss of a fellow worker. If we’re blessed with the grace to realize God is at work in our lives… the things that happen are His perfect will, with everything meant for our good… then, as you have here, let us share this valuable truth with those around us. We just don’t know what our friends, family and co-workers are enduring at any given moment. Thanks for the timely words, and God bless.

    • ccragamuffin says:

      Deepest sympathy in the passing of your co-worker. Praying for you now, that you will be a living epistle, for the other co-workers to see. May the strength of your firm foundation bless them as they are shaken with this news. Blessings.

  13. isaiah43123 says:

    “but because every factor in it has made me who I am at this very moment, and I can’t choose what part of me to abandon.” After reading that statement, I couldn’t help but think of those who pick and choose which part(s) of the Bible to believe. In the process, they have abandoned Truth.
    Keep the Faith!

    • ccragamuffin says:

      Very interesting parallel…thank you for the thought provoking response. I will ponder the connection between what is true in our life story and The Truth of The Life Story; mindful that all truth is God’s truth. Blessings.

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