• Toyosi Osinowo

What do you have in your hand?

"The LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" And he said,"A staff." Then He said, "Throw it on the ground." So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.…"

~ Exodus 4:2-3

I had a deep, heart to heart conversation with my husband last night. We were rubbing minds on different approaches to take on a venture I'm currently working on. While doing this, we hit a snag (it felt like a dead end to me) and in typical 'Toyosi' fashion, I became overwhelmed and wanted to call it a night. The husband on the other hand, was just getting started. He showed me some tough love and pushed me to tackle the issue. He helped me see that it was far from over and that I have it in me to accomplish the task. I am truly blessed to have a man of such strong faith as my covering.

Fast forward to this morning, I pondered on everything that my husband told me the night before. That was when the Holy Spirit reminded me of something He taught me years back. The question that I was asked then was:


Just like the Lord asked Moses in the wilderness, He asked me the same question. Right then and there, I realized that I was kinda like Moses. Whoa! I had been focusing so much on what I did not have and all the possible obstacles that could stop me.I had not taken the time to focus on what I could do with what I do have. Moses had a million comebacks for the assignment he was given but God was relentless and opened his eyes to see what He could do with what he had in his possession. Even after God showed Moses this, he was still afraid of what he had in his hand. Why? Because it appeared to be something that he couldn't handle. If I was Moses, I would run too. It was a snake after all. LOL. However, let's take a moment to analyze the fact that Moses was now running from the same 'rod' that he once considered to be of no use to him. Crazy isn't it? Well, I must confess. I have been doing that for so long.

I had been indirectly despising the gifts that I considered to be 'good' but not 'good enough'. I kept limiting what God could to with what He has entrusted into my hands because I was afraid of what could come out of it. I had allowed the enemy of my destiny to influence and consume my thoughts with can'ts, buts, what ifs, and maybes. I almost forgot that 'as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.' (Proverbs 23:7).

If you are anything like the woman writing these words, I want to challenge you to use what you have. In spite of what it looks like, you have something. Even if it is just ONE THING that you have in your hands, it might be powerful beyond your comprehension. Both of your hands don't even have to be filled in order for you to be effective in life. Stop focusing on quantity and start focusing on the QUALITY of what God has given to you. Sometimes, all you need is just ONE THING to fulfill destiny! Moses didn't see the quality in the staff he had in his hand. He was focused on the quantity of problems, obstacles, and 99 reasons why he shouldn't fulfill his assignment. In the long run, this mere staff is what God used, to do mind blowing miracles and signs through Moses. It became the tool that was used to fulfill his destiny and purpose.

When the Holy Spirit reminded me of this word, I was truly humbled. I sincerely began to ask for forgiveness for focusing on the obstacles rather than what has been entrusted into my hands. God is truly just in all His ways. So many times, we are asking God to open doors that are not meant for us. Meanwhile, we are loose sight of the other doors He has opened that are suitable for our purpose. I am so grateful to have a patient and loving father who never gets tired of His children in spite of the things that we do.

Part of "Starting Over", includes changing your focus. Focus on what you have. Tune out the voices that are telling you that you don't have what it takes. God will never ask you to do what He has not equipped you to do. I pray that whoever reads this will begin to celebrate what they have and entrust it back into the hands of the one that gave it to them. I pray that God will give us the ability to see the value in what we have in our hands, lest we loose sight of our destiny. I pray that we will allow the Holy Spirit to ignite the gifts we have been given that they may manifest for His glory. I have decided to leave my 99 excuses behind and focus on WHAT I have in my hand. Will you join me?

I pray you will.

Blessings and Love,


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