The first Superman movie starring Christopher Reeve came out when I was a little girl. I’m not sure how many times I’ve seen that film, but I know I nearly wore a hole in the vinyl of the soundtrack album — back when it was possible to do such a thing.
I love the scene in that film where Lois Lane finds herself plummeting off a building only to be caught midair. This flying man who now holds her says, “Don’t worry, miss. I’ve got you.”
Bewildered, she asks a very logical question: “You’ve got me? Who’s got you?!”
His answer is smiling and whisking her off to safety.
It’s a question of identity. She doesn’t understand who the one (with a definite lowercase o) who has rescued her is.
I woke up way too early this morning thinking about that purely fictional scene and another very real one found in the early pages of Exodus.
Moses is confronted and confounded by something he doesn’t understand (in his case a bush that burns but isn’t consumed). He thinks he’s just out there to take care of some sheep, going about the every day-ness of his life. He doesn’t understand that he’s been caught in the arms of the One (notice the capital O) who can truly rescue not only Moses but an entire nation.
Moses stands there barefoot before that bush and talks with the Lord Almighty, who tells Moses of the job God has for him to do.
What’s Moses’ response? He asks, “Who am I?”
I feel you, dude.
Moses looks at the task God wants him to do, and Moses sees his failings and his foibles and his flaws and realizes that he can’t do it. He can’t be the one God meant to call. Surely God must have him confused with someone else.
Moses asks very honestly “Who am I?”
I love how God answers: “I will be with you.”
The Dawn paraphrase of the lesson is “Moses, my child, it doesn’t matter who you are. Focus on Who I Am.”
God wasn’t calling Moses because Moses had it all together or that he (Moses) could perform superhuman feats. He was calling him because Moses was chosen, in spite of or maybe even because of his flaws. Mostly, though, he was called because Moses was willing to be used as a vessel by the One who could and would and will and does save.
Oh may our hearts — my heart — focus on Him, the Great I Am, and allow Him to work in and through us to accomplish His purposes. That is my prayer this day.