A murderer in hiding, Moses was most definitely not on the look for a life calling; he just wanted to flee. Dude had some serious baggage, and I imagine the weight felt too heavy for him to carry. For starters, he had had been adopted into a family, which he probably felt he did not belong. His misfit nature was sprinkled in with a bit of anger management issues that eventually led to him killing an Egyptian man. Yikes!
Though he may have felt ashamed and out of place, Moses’ life had been preserved by God for a purpose outside himself. From the moment he was placed in a basket to float in the water for survival, to the moment his adoptive momma (aka the princess) drew him up out of the water and took him as her own, God’s hand was with Moses. There was not a place or town far enough away that Moses could run to and hide away from what God had planned for his life. Circumstances can not scare away the call of God, sisters.
Nevertheless, Moses left this old life behind; he wanted out of what had been. He decided to hide away and start over. Moses found refuge in a rural area called Midian. Employed and married, he tries to live quietly, just going about his business. Little did he know that even the job he had taken as a shepherd would foreshadow the Lord’s call on his life.
So mid work day, Moses is doing his thing, and God shows up. The Lord comes to Moses just as he is, staff in hand, and turns his world upside down. v 2 4 7 9
“There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up. When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” – Exodus 3:2,4,7,9, &10
I’ve planned more for you than this quiet life, Moses. Come out of hiding, and stand up to the calling I have for you. A calling outside of comfort and normalcy. A calling that I specifically crafted and designed you to fulfill. Come be a part of something outside yourself, and get in on what I am doing. I want to use you! I’ll be with you. I’ll help you navigate the way. I am your Source.
Preserved for a purpose. Isn’t that our story, too, daughters? God’s hand has been on us, and a moment of our lives has not gone unseen by the Lord who made us. He pulled us out of deep, deep waters to rescue us. Praise God! But the story does not end there, dear one. He comes to us, calls us by name, and asks us to join in the abundant, strenuous, all-consuming mission of advancing His kingdom, and freeing His children!
The call God offered Moses required a trade in. God’s plans for his. But I promise you at the end of his life, regret was not even a fleeting thought. The Lord had given Moses purpose. Purpose that undid his shame and fear, and honored the One True Living God.
Like Moses, let’s come out of hiding in our fear and shame, and respond confidently to the call God has given us as his daughters. It’s hard- but oh, is it worth it.