Now there are a few things in the Bible that I simply don’t “get” … well, maybe more than a few! But here is one that stumps me for sure.
Exodus 8:9-10, “Moses said to Pharaoh, “Be pleased to command me when I am to plead for you and for your servants and for your people, that the frogs be cut off from you and your houses and be left only in the Nile.” And he said, “Tomorrow.” Moses said, “Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God.”
I don’t know about you but frogs are not my favorite jumping thing! They’re green, slimy, can be tiny or big, probably carry disease and can scare the heebie jeebies out of you when you are not expecting them. Just imagine having them in the butter dish, opening the cupboard to get a frying pan, in your bed, in my favorite dress, in the laundry (if you have boys you may have already experienced that!) or sitting on a chair and crunching one. They are everywhere in your house ruining your clothes and in your food.
Then you have someone come and say, “Hey, I can get rid of those for you …” and I say “Fantastic! Do it tomorrow!” TOMORROW???
If I was Mrs. Pharaoh and I had just stepped on a juicy green frog and squished it between my toes and heard my husband had said “tomorrow” … he would have had an especially COLD welcome home! I just hope he said it at 11:59 PM.
How in the world does this relate to me? There are many things surrounding me that I don’t like, cause me pain or that perhaps God is dealing with me about. I cannot imagine that I could be suffering some incredible pain when God speaks to me and says, “Just ask and I’ll remove it” and I say “Oh, that would be nice. Do it tomorrow God!” Or what if I’m in a nasty situation at work and a solution is offered that would clear up the problem so I can sleep well and I am content to say … “tomorrow would be fine … I think I’d like to have another sleepless night over this”!
What about when He deals with me in regards to the anger or unforgiveness that I am carrying around? “Someone did me wrong and I have the RIGHT to be angry! I was right and they were wrong!” God says, “Give it to me. Release your anger and offer your forgiveness and I will give you peace.” “But God, they did this or that to me and I have a right to be hurt! So let me stew on this a bit longer ‘cause they need to suffer and tomorrow I’ll release it.”
In the meantime I’m the one suffering because I’m waiting until “tomorrow” or whenever to release my pain and give it to God.
I’ve never understood why Pharaoh didn’t jump at the offer and say, “Yes … RIGHT NOW would be a good time!” But then human nature being what it is …
I’ll live with the frogs one more night!