Moses lived an unusual life. Before he knew anything of what was happening to him, his mother made a life-altering decision for him by placing him in a basket and putting it in the water where Pharaoh's daughter might see it. The Princess could easily have agreed with her father's decree and had baby Moses killed. But she didn't. Later, when she took him to the palace to be raised in the royal household, Pharaoh could have had him killed. But he didn't.
So many unlikely events came together in Mose's life to make him the man he became. Raised as Egyptian royalty, he became a murderer, a shepherd, a messenger, deliverer and leader. To the Egyptians he was a Hebrew, to the Hebrews he was Egyptian. A man without a country, he was a foreigner to all. In fact, he named his first child "foreigner".
Having fled Egypt for the desert, he learned to be a Hebrew shepherd in Midian under the guidance of his father-in-law Jethro, a priest. He would have stayed there with his family and his flocks, but God had other plans. God had plans to use his royal Egyptian education, his Hebrew slave roots, the passion of the murderer and the compassion of the shepherd. God used all of Moses's life experiences to make him into the leader that he was. Not your typical career path. (For more details, read Exodus 2-3.)
For Reflection: What experiences in my life have particularly made me into the person I am? Where do I see God's hand in my life?
Let us pray. Father, I hadn't thought about the varied experiences of my life being put at your service. I thought they were just odd things that happened to me, some good, some bad, some I liked, some I regretted. However, I offer them to you now, as I offer myself to you, to use them as you will, and to help me become the very best that I can be in serving you.
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I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.