Have you ever seen the show, Undercover Boss? It’s a reality TV show where someone in upper-management of a major business goes undercover to work at an entry-level position in the business. I just watched an episode where the President and CEO of Build-a-Bear Workshop went to work on the front lines stuffing bears, and it was a very enjoyable episode to watch, especially considering that my first job was at Build-a-Bear Workshop. I’ll bet that the CEO had no idea of the stress of planning a birthday “pawty” for 10 children under the age of six.
Most jobs have some aspect to them that is stressful. What stresses you out at your job? Is it the pressure to perform or the burden of pleasing people? Leadership can be demanding and start to wear on you. I think that was the case for Moses in Exodus 17. Moses was leading the people through the desert, and there was no water to drink. I can imagine Moses was growing more and more weary from the people’s complaints that never seemed to end. The people questioned Moses and why he brought them all the way there if they were only going to die of thirst. Moses finally cried out to the Lord, “What should I do with these people?!”
Moses turned to God when he was at the end of his rope, and God provided a source of water that perhaps Moses didn’t see coming or didn’t know was possible. It wasn’t a stream or body of water. It was a rock. God instructed Moses to strike the rock, and out came a water supply from an unlikely source. If you’re in a tough situation at work, in your family, or just a hard life circumstance, God could bring hope from an unlikely source. Maybe you didn’t even think to ask because hope seemed so far out of reach.
When you find yourself growing frustrated, try these two things: (1) Ask God to help you love and empathize with your co-workers or family members even if you don’t understand their perspective. (2) Trust God to come through. Trust that He is already working beyond what you understand.