The Lord Be With You Today!
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro
his father-in-law, the priest of Midian,
(At 40 years old, after his unanticipated fall
from a privileged and lauded position as a prince of Egypt,
after his new insight to the plight of his own people,
after his failed and abortive attempt to intervene on behalf of those people,
after his flight from Egypt as a guilty fugitive,
the life journey he thought was his having completely dissolved,
Moses life had taken a sharp, unexpected left turn in his life.
Now, out of necessity, he had assumed a life of ordinary work.
After 40 years on the far side of the desert, now 80 years old,
Moses was a mere sheepherder, a humble and modest position.
His life had been forever changed and altered,
probably assuming this new life would be the life he would live out
for the rest of his days, ordinary and hidden away.)
and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness
(His lot in life had led him, banished and in exile,
not to the cities of power and splendor, but to the far side of the desert,
a deserted and barren place of seeming nothingness
with no prospects of a future any different
from the ordinary life he presently led,
shut away from the glory and prestige and success
he had known in his former life.)
and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
(Now living an ordinary life, on an ordinary day,
doing ordinary things, in an ordinary place,
Moses unknowingly and unexpectedly finds himself
in a very un-ordinary place, in an extraordinary,
astonishing, surprising, and special place.
While he thought he had failed in his earlier mission to help his people,
while he thought he was relegated to a life of ordinary work,
while he thought he was walking through a place
of uninhabited desolation and barrenness,
Moses’s view suddenly took in the massive presence of God.
Moses doesn’t just find God, not just a small manifestation of God’s presence,
but he had been brought to the very mountain of God.
A short time later, the Lord further reveals Himself
in the blazing fire of His presence.
Here’s the message for us: Like Moses, when we find ourselves
on the far side of the desert, demoted and tarnished, having failed,
having had to adopt an entirely different view of who and what we are,
rather than being deserted by God, in fact,
the Lord brings us through our flight out of overwhelming challenges
to cause us to see right in the midst of the desert and desolation
the mountain of His presence in our lives,
a mountain that was there all along, the whole time,
and proof that the Lord had been guiding us all along.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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