Anyone for Tennis?!

This week has seen the delayed start to the US Open Tennis Tournament. It will be strange because like most other sporting events, there will not be any spectators present at the matches.

 

For those playing on the Arthur Ashe court, they will see a sign with one of his quotes on it. He was a tennis player and a forerunner in inspiring and encouraging other black people to take up sports and to be given a fair chance. His quote on the entrance to the stadium says:

 

Start where you are.

Use what you have.

Do what you can.

 

I really like that. It’s simple, yet it encourages us to not get side-tracked by the size of the tasks in our lives, but to start right where we are and do play our part and to do what we can. And it reminded me of the story of Moses in the bible when God asked him to go and speak to Pharaoh. In Exodus 3 and 4 we find Moses the shepherd tending the sheep.

 

And then God speaks to him through a burning bush with the instructions to go and speak to Pharaoh to be used to set his people free. Moses’ response is what mine would be in that situation, and he just thought he couldn’t do it. How could God use him? All he could see was what he couldn’t do. And God turned it around and asked him a simple question “What is in your hand”? If I were Moses I would be thinking “what are you talking about God? It’s a staff, I’m a shepherd, you know what it is and you know what I use it for!”.

 

To Moses it was an ordinary everyday thing that he used for his work.

 

To God it was something that he could use to speak through when Moses met with Pharaoh.

 

The question for us today is what is in our hands? What is the situation that we find ourselves in that we think is ordinary and every day, but that God thinks is an opportunity to be used by him?

 

Start where you are.

Use what you have.

Do what you can.

 

Maybe spend some time in prayer today and ask God what is it that you want me to do to partner with you in bringing your Kingdom in? I may see my life and all that I have and am involved with us ordinary and mundane, but to you it’s an opportunity, use me, take what is in my hand.