I’ll never forget the day when I was dreading my husband to come from home work. I had made a decision, but, I didn’t know how he was going to react. So, when he walked into the house that evening, I just came straight out with it – no beating around the bush, no hints, just right out it came – “I want to go to seminary.” He says, “You want to do what?” I told him, “It’s what I want and it is the only thing that will make me happy.”
When Moses got angry with the people for worshiping the Golden Calf, he smashed the Tablets that God gave him with the Ten Commandments. Now Moses is having another conversation with God just before God tells Moses to cut out two tablets like the ones he smashed, and God will write on them again. However, Moses is frustrated. In his conversation with God, Moses is very blunt and to the point. He just comes right out with it – this is what I want!
Moses says, “Look, you tell me, ‘Lead your people,’ but you don’t let me know who you are even going to send with me. You say you know me well and I am special – but you don’t let me in on the plan! And, don’t forget, this is your people, your responsibility.” (Exodus 33:12-13)
Moses let God know what was going to make him happy! He was blunt and to the point.
And, God answers Moses and tells him, I will go with you. I will be with you. God renews his covenant with Moses – performing marvels that have not been performed in all the earth or in any nation…for it is an awesome thing I will do with you (Exodus 34:10).
I wonder if sometimes we need to just come out with it! Say what we want. Tell God what will make us happy. I don’t think God is going to give us material things, but I do think God will give us what we need – and most likely something much greater than we could dream up on our own.
What is it that you want? What will make you happy? Tell God! Let God dream your dream for you!
Let us pray…Gracious God, sometimes we just say what we think you want to hear. But sometimes, we need to just say it – tell you what will make us happy – what it is we want. Help us to be bold when we speak with you. Help us to let you dream our dreams for us. In your name we pray, Amen.