The Rod In Your Hand

Moses was an elderly man, used to working alone with his animals. He spent much of his time in the desert with the hot sun beating down on his head. One day passed like the next. He thought that this was how his life would end. His life didn’t seem to have a compelling purpose. Was he content, or had he just given up?

Then God spoke to him. God was concerned with the same issue that concerned Moses. God wanted to deliver His people from their Egyptian oppressors, and He wanted Moses to be a part of that plan. God wanted to use a nobody like him, to be a somebody to others. Moses couldn’t even imagine doing any of the things that God mentioned. The only skill he had used for the past 40 years was leading a flock of animals here and there, making sure they were safe and had food and water, learning the terrain of the desert, and using his rod to guide them and keep them together. Surely God was mistaken. He wasn’t capable of doing such a great thing. He was just a common shepherd.

So he dared to argue with God. Who am I that you want me to do this? Who are you? They don’t even know you God? I don’t know how to speak eloquently? Can’t you find someone else more qualified? But God had another plan in mind. “What’s in your hand?” said the Lord. “A rod” he said. God said “Cast it on the ground.” When he did, it became a serpent. Then God told him to pick it up by it’s tail. When he did that, it became a rod again. God told him to use that rod that was in his hand to perform signs in front of the Egyptians. These signs would be proof that his message was from God and not man.

God’s Rod

A rod: a gnarly piece of wood. For years he had leaned on it, herded sheep with it, used it to protect and discipline them. It was one of the few things he carried with him, a required tool of the trade. And suddenly to God it was the key to his calling. It wasn’t anything that others would think of as powerful. But now it was the “rod of God”, and it was instrumental as God used him to deliver his people out of Egypt, and usher them to the gateway of their promised land. The previous 40 years that he spent in the desert had been his training ground as he learned to lean on God’s wisdom and not his own.

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend who was interested in changing careers. His current and future careers were as different as night and day. We talked for some time about various strategies that would help him to break into his new field of interest. Then he began talking about the needs of his colleagues in the field in which he currently worked. After asking him several questions it became evident that there was an opportunity to apply some of his interests and skillsets in his future career area, to meet needs in his current career area. Like Moses’ rod, the key to his future was right in his hand.

Your Rod

So what is your “rod”? What do you already have in your hand that is your key to your calling? Maybe you think you lack the skills, abilities or opportunity to accomplish the dreams that keep flowing through the back of your mind. Maybe you lack the education, information and connections to even figure out how to begin. But the God who has placed the calling within you knows. The lifetime of experiences that seem unrelated to your future calling may instead be your preparation for it. He’s just teaching you not to place your faith in your own abilities, because He has a different way of making things happen. He has a miraculous means of setting you in places you didn’t realize you could attain. He’ll use the tools that you have in your hand, the skills and experience that he has placed within you to accomplish His will, and to fulfill your calling.

What to Do in Wellington, New Zealand

Each year, Wellington, New Zealand hosts events that feature concerts, theater, dance exhibitions as well as sporting matches and festivals. Anyone who lives in New Zealand or who is planning on visiting this country can find something to do at any given time of the year.

Te Papa History of Wellington

Explore the history of Wellington a the Museum of Wellington located right on Queens Wharf. This is a free museum that hosts events throughout the year. The Te Papa history event takes place throughout May of each year. You can learn about history as well as explore artifacts from the history of the country at this annual event at the museum.

Glow In The Dark Worm Tour

This one hour tour through the Botanic Gardens in Wellington is worth the trip as it takes place the last Friday of May each year at 8:00. You need to bring a torch with you so that you can light the way and explore the fascinating world of glow in the dark worms at the gardens. Admission to this event is $1. This event takes place at other times throughout the year as well, during the summer months.

Braille Trail

To honor the birth of Louis Braille, you can visit the Botanic Garden for the Sensation walk. This walk allows you to use all of your senses other than sight to enjoy the beauty that is around you in the Botanic Garden. It takes place every May 26th at the Botanic Garden and is a free event.

Wellington Family Festival

Enjoy an outing that is fun for the entire family at the Wellington City Center. This is a family event that features craft stalls from local artisans as well as food and entertainment. The Wellington Family Festival takes place the first weekend of June each year and is an event that is designed for both young and old alike.

Wellington Creative Dance Festival

Dancers of all age groups participate in this festival sponsored by the Wellington City Council every year during the last weekend in May. This event features creative dancers from all genres and age groups and takes place at the Massey University Auditorium. Anyone who enjoys the art of dance will love watching and perhaps participating in this special event.

National Hot Rod Show

If you enjoy hot rod cars, then you will want to visit the National Hot Rod show that features the best of what Wellington has to offer. This annual event takes place the second weekend of April every year at the TSB Bank Arena. There is a nominal admission to the show and it is ideal for the entire family. You can get up close and personal with the hot rods and in some cases, sit in them.

Cuban Carousel Celebration

Celebrate the Cuban influence in New Zealand with the Cuban Carousel Celebration that takes place the last Sunday of April at the Opera House. The Cuban Carousel features music, dance and singing that celebrate the history of New Zealand as well as Cuban influence.

The Pick of the Fringe

This is an annual sporting event that takes place during the last week of April and the first week of May every year at the Westpac Stadium. If you want to see some real New Zealand sports matches, enjoy this annual event. There is a small fee for entrance to this Rugby event.