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Most people who have ever been around animals know that taking it by the tail is most always the worst place you could touch, say a wild cat or a mean dog. On almost any kind of animal, especially if they are wild or dangerous, you should not grab its tail or it will spin on you and inflict pain. Picking up a poison snake is even worse. You are guaranteed to be bitten.

There is an account of such a thing found in the book of Exodus in the Bible, chapter 3. It is the account of how God called a man named Moses to become a great leader of His people, yet Moses didn't think he could do it. God showed him that he could. Moses saw a bush burning that wouldn't quit. When he approached it, God spoke to him asking Moses what he had in his hand, which was a shepherd's staff.

God asked Moses to serve His purposes. Moses said he wasn't qualified. So God told Moses to throw down his shepherd's staff. When he did, it became a cobra, a poisonous snake. But God told Moses to pick it up by the tail. Moses did and it became a staff again, but this time much different. You see, a shepherd's staff was a piece of wood, a stick. When it became a snake, God told Moses to pick it up by the tail. That was the most dangerous place he could have touched. Yet when Moses obeyed God, by his obedience to trust God, it didn't just turn back into a shepherd's staff but from then on it was called a rod. It was no longer just a stick. It was now a symbol of God's power given for Moses to use to lead a nation with.

Look at what is in your hands today and let God change whatever you have to His rod. That will not just change our outlook on life but that of many others around you as well. Don't be afraid. Just be obedient.

Mark Taylor is the General Manager of KNEO Radio and President of Sky High Broadcasting. You can read his weekly columns in the Big Nickel, the Newton County News, the Free Press and the Neosho Daily News, or email him at mtaylor@kneo.org.