A couple weeks ago, I ran across this tidbit in the Old Testament. (Exodus 17:9-13)
Even though I’m on my third time through the Bible, I’m surprised that I didn’t remember the passage above. I remembered that Moses did some awesome stuff with his staff, but the idea that Joshua could only win the battle when Moses’ hands were up?! That’s odd! It’s worth a little contemplation.
Can you imagine how Moses felt when he realized that the outcome of the battle he was watching depended on the position of his spectator arms? Can you imagine this scenario with yourself and your favorite boxer or sports team? How would you do?
God was asking something impossible of Moses’ humanity. Moses could not do it by himself. In previous vignettes, we see God’s power flow directly through the staff, but this time God sends power through others. God sends power through friends.
Isn’t it wonderful not to have to go through this life alone? God is with us. Sometimes when I can’t feel God enough, God sends his strength and hope through the ones who walk beside me. I feel them lift my arms up when I can’t do it myself. I hear their words when I am filled with doubt. Later, I see the hands of God holding them so they can hold me. I am so thankful for the people who hold my arms up, and I look forward to the opportunity to return God’s favor.