The Green-Eyed Monster

Then Miriam, the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.- Exodus 15:20

I couldn’t tell you much about what mom and dad did during the day but at night they were superheroes. Each and every night they would go on a monster hunt. They would tuck me into bed, kiss me goodnight and look for monsters hiding in my room. Dad would look under the bed and mom would look in the closet (making sure the door shut all the way-just in case.) “No monsters!” Dad would say as he turned the lights out.

What did these monsters look like? Did they have a face? And why were they trying to scare me?


unnamed-4As I got older I realized there were no monsters hiding in my room. There was no so such thing as monsters. What a relief. But as an adult I am faced with what I call “real-world monsters.” You know what I’m talking about: anxiety, doubt, fear and a lack of confidence to name a few.

What “real-world monsters” do you struggle with?

This week’s leading lady dealt with the Green-Eyed Monster known as Envy.

Known as the little girl who saved her brother (Exodus 2), Miriam became a leader to the woman of Israel (Exodus 15: 20-22). She encouraged them and they followed her. Miriam leads the women in song and dance as they played their tambourines after crossing the Red Sea.

But something happened that changed Miriam. She developed an attitude problem and started complaining. Maybe she felt she was worthy of more. She did in fact save her brother, re-unite him with his mother and because she saw an opportunity to approach the Egyptian princess- an adoptive mother who raised him and educated him in the Egyptian customs which allowed him to free the Israelite people. He existed because of her.

Miriam fought against the purpose God had given her. She resented the way Moses handled situations. She was jealous of the power and authority he had. She would start arguments with Moses over the smallest things including his choice of wife (Numbers 12:1).

Miriam (and Aaron) question God’s favor of Moses.

Numbers 12:2 says: “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us too?

God is angered hearing them speak harshly about His servant. He calls out to the three of them “Go out to the Tabernacle!” He appears to them in the pillar of a cloud. As punishment for speaking against Moses, God gives Miriam leprosy and she spends seven days outside the camp until she was healed.

Miriam had a place of authority. But she was not content with what she had. And in the end she lost her influential role she once had all because she wanted what did not belong to her.

What wrong attitude do you need to let go of? Is there a Godly attitude you need to grow in?

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Be content with the influential role God has given you. He has placed you there for a reason.

Don’t let the Green-Eyed Monster get you!


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IMG_7571Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.

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