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The Moses Calling

“Let my people go,” Moses said to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh refused. This story has been playing over and over in my head as I’ve thought about my life. So many events in Moses’ life are based on the interval of forty years. He was in Egypt for the first forty years of his life receiving training and education as a prince of Egypt. He spent forty years in Midian and he was the leader of the Israelites who wandered in the wilderness for forty years. Maybe there is something to this. A few months ago a friend looked at my life and told me that it’s been forty years since I moved away from my childhood town in the west. I’d never thought about it that way. But she is right. All these forty years I have been in the dessert just like the Israelites dealing with one trial after another. But my desert experience has been tough and grueling. I'm utterly exhausted. Daily I feel like I'm crawling through each day only by the strength of God. Often I tell God that I need a change. I can't keep going like I have been for much longer. I feel like the Israelites did when they were slaves in Egypt. My life is becoming too difficult to handle. I'm fatigued and worn out. And just like the Israelites I have been asked to make bricks without straw. Yet, another situation has happened at work to make things even more stressful. Something has to change soon. This week I talked to God about my need for a change. I need sand, beaches, a hotter climate and mountains. My home state is calling to my heart. I'm a stranger in a foreign land and I've been here for far too many years. It's time for me to return to my homeland. All I know in my heart is something has to change in my life and it has to happen soon. But just like the Israelites had to wait for their slavery to end, I too have to wait for my desert experience to end. I need God to work miracles in my life just like He did for the Israelites. But if God could work amazing miracles for the Israelites, I know He is capable of doing the same things for me.

Maybe you are in the wilderness dealing with one difficulty after another. Know that God can meet you even in the middle of the loneliness and isolation of the desert. You are not too far out of God's reach for Him to help you. Trust that He has a plan for you and your life. Reach out to Him. He is right there with you even now and He loves you.

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