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‘One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?” He answered, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by a well.’Exodus 2:11-15 ESV
When Moses fled Egypt for Midian, he had to leave everything he knew behind. Prior to this, he lived a privileged life in the palace as the son of Pharoah’s daughter; a life of comfort and luxury. Not only that, he was respected and held a place of prominence as a general (according to Josephus) in the army of one of the most powerful countries at the time.
Moses was forced to leave the comfort and familiarity of Egypt behind. He didn’t have a choice; it was either flee or die. As he trekked across the desert, he was heading into unfamiliar and uncharted territory.
Covid-19 has caused us to give up many things. Like Moses, we’ve had to leave our comfortable and familiar lives behind. It’s now been replaced by wearing masks, living under curfew and not being able to see our friends and family. We didn’t have a choice, the threat of death is real.
There are very few still living who have experienced a pandemic like what we are currently going through. We have no idea if things will ever get back to normal, they likely won’t. We’re in uncharted territory.
But… in Midian, something amazing and unexpected happened to Moses. On that mountain, all alone with God, Moses discovered who he was meant to be and all that he was meant to do. God showed him his true purpose.
Moses was forced to leave all he knew behind, but in doing so he found something invaluable. His true identity. I think the same thing can happen for us if we trust God.
It means letting go though. Letting go of the familiar, letting go of comfort, letting go of doing things the way we’ve always known… and trusting him. Moses went back to Egypt, but he never went back to the palace and its luxuries. He had to let them go.
Is there something you need to let go?