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I want you to throw your staff on the ground.

Why?  What can that possibly have to do with anything?  I’ve done what you’ve instructed many times.  
But this - you’ve lost me.

You need to learn to trust me.  You’re always looking for signals - traffic lights which read green, yellow,
and red.  I’ve told you over and over that I am with you.  What more of a sign do you need?

It’s not like I don’t get it.  I do. It’s just that I never know what’s going to happen next.

You need to get comfortable in not knowing.  Don’t you know that with me backing you up that you’ve already
won the battle before it even begins?

Sure, I guess.  I want to believe it.  I mean, I can still picture your glorious angel standing there
in the burning bush and all the radiance surrounding you.  I couldn’t even look at you.  
I can just imagine that glory trailing you through eternity; the power in your wake alone.   

So throw your staff on the ground.

Okay, here goes..........Ahh!  Get me out of here!

You come back here.  A little child would be braver than you.  You keep forgetting that I Am
the great I Am.  No good will come from your running away from me.  

You don’t mind if I don’t come too close to it, do you?  Snakes have never been my thing.  
That big one in Eden stood as tall as Adam.

Yes, but I cursed it as you know, and now all it can do is slither.  You’re going to write about it some day -
the whole story of what happened.  You’ll see.  Maybe you’ll call it ‘The Days of Eden’ or something.  
Now, pick the snake up by the tail.

Okay, stop!  Red light here.  Everyone knows you don’t pick a snake up by the tail.  
It’ll turn on me and I’ll be history.

Do it.

Well, it’s been nice knowing you.  Here goes nothing..........Whoa!  I just got my staff back.  
That’s pretty cool.  I’ve never seen a magic act like that.  How’d you do it?

Because I Am who I Am.  That’s all you need to know.  So now let’s try something else.
Slip your hand into your cloak.  Surely you can do that.

Yes I can.  That’s a lot less intimidating.  

Now take it out.

Ahh!  Yuk.  It’s all white.  You gave me leprosy.

Don’t like it?

You’re joking, right?  Of course I don’t like it.   

Then slip it back in and out real quick.

You got it.  Oh, what’s this?  No leprosy.  Well, what do you know?  You’re good at this stuff -
real good.  Number one.

Yes, I know.  And I noticed you didn’t blink an eyelash this time.  You’re learning that I mean what I say.  
I’m going to go over a list of dos and don’ts with you and you can relate all this to your people.

'No can do' God.  I’m not exactly a keynote speaker in case you didn’t notice.  I’d be a nervous wreck.  
How about if I find an understudy?

I’m not pleased with your constantly doubting me.  You’re not a failure until you stop trying.  
You need to take a course in ‘Faith 101.’  I like making the weak ones strong.  It baffles the critics.  
So let’s see - how about your brother Aaron?  He seems to have political aspirations.

Yes, yes.  Love it, but I’m not so sure he’ll go for it.

Not to worry.  I knew this was going to happen.  I always do.  I’m preparing his heart as we speak.  
He’ll step up to the plate and you two will be the ‘A Team.’  So, here’s the deal.  
Take your staff and I’ll enable you to work wonders with it.

Wow.  You really are God, aren’t you.

Yes I Am.








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