Nip It! Nip It in the Bud!

Then the Lord descended in the pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the Tabernacle. “Aaron and Miriam!” he called, and they stepped forward.

Numbers 12:5 MSG

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“Miriam, Come to the office.”

Have you ever been called to the principal’s office at school? You’re sitting in 8th grade Algebra class chatting with your friends when suddenly you hear it. Your name loud and clear coming over the loud speaker. Not that I would know, exactly.


The heat creeps up your neck. You break out in a sheen of sweat and your mouth goes desert dry. Making the walk of shame, you see the concerned looks on the faces of classmates and teachers. You are never in trouble. EVER!!! You are class president, head tambourine player, leader of the Future Homemakers of America for Pete’s sake!

Yet, here you are. Headed to see the one in charge.

Now, imagine that it is not the principal commanding your presence, but The One in Charge – God! Poor Miriam. She was just talking to her brother about her other brother -Moses, the baby of the family. She didn’t even say it in public so others could hear. Not at first.

Her offense? Speaking ill of Moses’ new wife and equating herself and her brother Aaron to Moses.

Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this. The anger of God blazed out against them. And then he left. Numbers 12:1-2, 9

Her punishment? Leprosy. Harsh right? But let’s think about what she had been entrusted with. She was the oldest of the three. She had been instrumental in saving Moses as a baby. God gave her a lead position in getting his people out of bondage to their captors and to their sins.

These 1 or 2 million people were moving from a place that worshiped thousands of gods and learning to worship the one true God.

God needed the humblest persons in charge so that they would always give the glory back to Him and not allow themselves to be worshiped. The people were like newborns with weak immune systems. If their leaders got a cold, they would come down with the flu. God knew how weak his flock was at that time. He could not allow her to lead his flock astray. He had to quickly nip Miriam’s behavior in the bud. In front of everyone.

I believe God calls all of us to lead at some time in our lives.

Maybe you’re thinking that God surely couldn’t think you’d be a leader. Not with your past. All the poor choices and failed relationships. Speaking from experience, God is not waiting for us to get perfect first. He apparently does perfect those he calls for what he has called us to do.

Just like Miriam, God will correct us to get us refocused on our purpose.

He won’t allow our perfectly good mistakes to go to waste. He uses it all for our good and for the good of those we lead. To bring Him glory.

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Lead on ladies!


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Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.

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