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….Exodus 2:11-15
One time Joseph had a special dream. Later, he told his brothers about this dream, and after that his brothers hated him even more. Exodus 37:5. We all know what happened to Joseph after that, he was thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, became a servant to Potiphar, accused of rape and sent to prison. But just like Moses, God had a special call on his life, a call that would save Israel from the worst drought and famine ever.
Sometimes we get zealous when we hear a Word from the Lord, receive a dream or a vision of Gods plan for us and we just launch out, but there’s a time when that vision, dream or Word must incubate. Babies aren’t conceived and birthed in a day and neither is the plan of God. There are seasons where we feel so frustrated and cry out, WHEN! Why is it taking so long! We become discouraged in our process of maturing and becoming seasoned for the work God has called us to. There was a season for Moses as he tended sheep for his father-in-law. I’m pretty sure all those lonely nights and days were spent thinking, wondering, learning about God. He probably learned the patience he would need to tend the people of Israel in the wilderness right there in that season.
Joseph had to go through a process of maturing and serving before he became a ruler over people. We’ve all seen examples of leaders who have not served first before they rule. How many of us have been asked to serve in a capacity that didn’t suit us and refused, only to extend our process of humbling and learning to accommodate the call on our lives. Joseph became a servant first and he served well, so well that he was placed over all in Potiphar’s house than over all of the prisoners.
I gave birth to two daughters and in that moment, I became a mother, but learning to parent came by trial and error, crying, yelling and sometimes feeling a failure. I didn’t quit the process just because it was hard, no I went through the process as an imperfect mother who learned to love along the way. It was humbling to be a mom and I was judged by everyone on how I raised my girls, on the mistakes I made and the ones they made, but let me tell you this, God always takes our ‘failures’ and turns them into successes. He uses what we go through to help and encourage others.
Jesus, you came to serve, to love and give and you are our example. We may not understand the process and it may not make sense to us, but give us the grace to continue doing while you’re working out the details of our lives. May our humbling process not cause us to quit or stop serving. May we present ourselves, a living sacrifice to you. It’s our reasonable service.