Hurriedly getting ready for work, I needed my tail comb to give my just retouched hair a thorough and smooth ‘every-single-hair-in-place’ dressing, but it was nowhere in sight. “Where is this yeye comb now, ehn? Oh Lord, You know I hate looking for things!” I searched but came up short. I was running late and if my hair would be the way I wanted it to (I hate sighting any piece of ‘misplaced’ hair on my head?), any other comb wouldn’t do – tail comb it is! “But where is this tail comb; which kin yawa be dis sef?” I angrily thought. Just then, a thought flashed through my mind, “why don’t you make use of the ‘hairbrush’?” The thought sounded awkward because the so-called hairbrush used to be a tooth brush, which I converted to hairbrush (for my front hair). To cut the story short, I grabbed my ‘hairbrush’ and gave my hair a thorough brushing. I must confess that the brush did a better job than the tail comb would have done sef!
In Exodus 4:1-5, when Moses was making excuses about God’s call, saying the Isrealites would not believe that he was sent by God; God asked him, “What is that in your hand?” Moses had the tool he needed to lead the people of God out of bondage but he had no idea. As far as he was concerned, it was a shepherd’s staff, “how can a common rod be used to deliver God’s people?” Moses must have wondered. However, this same rod was used times without number to wield great exploits, yes, it parted the famous red sea! How about David’s shepherd boy’s sling? It was not by any chance a weapon of warfare, yet it slayed the infamous giant.
The phrase “use what you have to get what you want” often has a negative connotation, however, it can very well be a valid and positive statement. There is something God has placed at your disposal that can make you achieve that great feat; you simply have to look inwards/around you, get rid of mental fixation, and stop selling yourself short. In cognitive psychology, fixation is regarded as an obstacle to problem solving. Functional fixedness is a type of fixation in which individuals fail to solve a problem because they are fixed on an object’s usual function(s).
Moses did not recognize other functions his shepherd’s staff was capable of performing until God showed him. That which God has put in you/your hands can serve several functions and solve greater problems. Why don’t you ask God to show you what is in you/your hand and its usefulness. Much more than that, why don’t you ask Him to show you how to put it into good use?
Jesus is LORD!