A chance meeting with a familiar stranger
Updated: Nov 7, 2022
Moses was a man on the run according to Exodus Chapter 2 verse 15. He was a fugitive living below his true potentials because of an error from his past. For a long time, he was content with his routine of tending the flock of his father-in-law.
Talk about fall from grace – from palace to the wilderness. He lived the first 40 years of his life as an Egyptian elite. Then something happened, and he left everything behind – privileges, influences, affluence, and potentially a throne.
Life often does not follow a linear path. Like Moses, as part of the human experience, people experience roadblocks, detours, and diversions. Positions, titles, and privileges can change. Like Moses, life challenges could arise from mistakes, but it is not the end of the road.
It may feel like you are all alone in the universe. Moses would have certainly felt that way, spending his entire day in the wilderness hanging out with sheep and goats.
But God still had Moses on his mind even after 40 years. God still remembered him by name. It is incredible to know that God knows you by name and keeps track of where you are.
One day, something happened. The boring and aimless routine was about to change. A strange sight of a burning bush drew Moses out of his routine, and God was waiting for him there.
You may have wandered off into the wilderness of life. Health, finances, marriage, or other areas of life can feel like a wilderness sometimes.
You may have reasons to believe that God is too far away or does not really care. But God knows the way through the wilderness, and he knows where to find you.
In the wilderness, it is possible to forget what God has done or can still do.
But God is ready to re-introduce Himself. He said to Moses, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6).
It does not matter which part of the wilderness you may find yourself right now. It may feel so lonely out there. But God knows your location, and he is ready to restore your lost glory, joy, and peace.
Are you ready for a re-introduction to God?
If yes, open your heart and let him in once again. All Moses needed to do was to turn to draw closer to the burning bush. Like Moses, I pray you find courage to turn, to look up to God, and your life will experience a great turnaround.
Prayer: Lord, remember me in my wilderness, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Bible Reading: Exodus 2:15; Exodus 3:1-6
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