When pursuing something challenging, there may be days when you feel intimidated, unsure or doubtful. On days like this, I like to remind myself that we each have something valuable to bring to the table. We don’t necessarily have to be in the news or center-stage to have a positive impact on those around us. I was reminded of this as I have been studying for the MCAT and working on my medical school applications. There are days it seems overwhelming. Even though I feel I have a competitive profile, little voices in my head try to convince me that I’m not good enough to be accepted to medical school.
I decided this morning that I have to nip those negative thoughts in the bud quickly and as I prayed, I was reminded of the story of Moses in the Bible. As I was growing up, I always revered Moses as the mighty man that God used to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt. In my mind, he must have been a flawless man with certain attributes worthy of leading an enslaved group of people out of captivity. I though to myself, Moses must have had a commanding voice and intimidating presence. Yet, when you read his response to God’s call, Moses says “Who am I that I should go…?” (Exodus 3:11) , “What if they do not believe me or listen to me…?” (Exodus 4:1), “I have never been eloquent…I am slow of speech and tongue.” (Exodus 4:10) and “Please send someone else to do it” (Exodus 4:13). This is far from the heroic image I had of Moses.
Yet, as we read the rest of the story, God reassures Moses that he will equip him for the task, “I will be with you.” (Exodus 3:12), “Go, I will help you speak and teach you what to say” (Exodus 4:12). What an intimidating task this must have been for Moses! To approach Pharaoh, the ruler of a mighty nation like Egypt! Yet, with God’s guidance and strength, he succeeded and the Israelites were eventually freed.
I love this story because it reminds me that even in the face of impossibility, there is hope and a fighting chance to succeed. We rarely feel “ready” when we launch into something new and challenging, even with plenty of preparation. There will often be excuses that come up in our minds and the question “but who am I that I should go?” Who are you? A unique person that has an important role to play. There is no perfect time, we may never feel fully “ready” but still we must heed the call and “Go!” It may seem impossible, even crazy, but if it is something you are meant to do, you will succeed, even if it takes some bumps and scratches to get there!