Only two more dwarfs and then Snow White to finish out this blog series of lessons from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I’m focusing on Bashful today. When I think of the word bashful, I think of shy. However, that was not in the dictionary’s definition. Here’s what Webster’s has to say: Bashful = having a downcast look; hence very modest; modest to excess; sheepish. In the movie, we can tell by his expressions that his name fit.
I would not consider myself actually bashful because I can strike up a conversation with just about anyone, anyplace – one on one of course. Heaven help the passenger who sits next to me on a plane because if I can make eye contact, a conversation begins. But, even with that being said, I still get red in the face and almost break out in a sweat when I remember oral book reports, solo twirling competitions or heaven forbid, presentations in front of a group! My Mother has always said that those circumstances bring about a “deer in the headlight” look on my face. Put me with other people and I’m just having fun but alone – YIKES! Why does it look so easy for some people?
Even Moses had issues. He felt inadequate but – when I read this I wonder how he could feel so inadequate and at the same time have the boldness (or outright gall) to argue with God. Then I am reminded that I also argue with God in my own ways. Sometimes I think, why me? I’m not qualified! And sometimes I just don’t want to do whatever it is I think He’s put before me. Do you ever have those feelings? Here’s the story of Moses rebelling against God’s instructions as found in Exodus when God was sending him to free the Israelites. Exodus 4:10-17 “Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say. But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth. I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. But take this staff in your hand so you can perform miraculous signs with it.”
I have found though that when I obey God, even when He calls me to step out in front of others, and I’m scared and feel so very inadequate, He provides in and through me. He can give any of His Children words to speak and the boldness to speak them. Look what he did for this man who was not only mute but deaf as well. Mark 7:31-35 “Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man. After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha?” (which means, “Be opened!”). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.”
Bold = daring; courageous; brave; confident; not timorous. Over and over again in His Word, God calls us to be bold and courageous. After all, we don’t go alone! He is always with us! Here are a few examples:
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Acts 4:31 “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
Lessons I learned from Bashful: Well, I still feel my face get hot and red whenever I have to get in front of people to speak but, I am more willing each time as I know that if God calls me to it, He will bring me through it. Be bold and courageous friends! It’s all for His Glory! Ephesians 6:19 “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make