According to the Oxford dictionary, mundane means very ordinary and therefore not interesting. Is that how you might describe your everyday life?
Maybe we could add insignificant or useless? Do you think that’s how Moses felt before the burning bush?
Same Old Same Old
After Moses fled Egypt and left his princely title, and before God met him at the burning bush, Moses’ life could be described as mundane, don’t you think? Very ordinary. Not overly interesting.
As a shepherd in the wilderness tending his father-in-law’s flocks, Moses’ life was rather isolated. Not much going on except maybe a few marauders to chase away every now and again.
His routine was the same day after day. Nothing exciting there. Mundane.
In the Middle of the Mundane
Yet, that’s where God met Moses. In the middle of the mundane. In the middle of Moses’ ordinary, everyday activity, God showed up.
Moses was being faithful where God had him at that moment. He was doing the job he’d been tasked to do. Shepherd Jethro’s flocks. He no longer resided in Pharaoh’s palace, nor anywhere else in Egypt. He was in the middle of nowhere. The wilderness.
God Works in the Mundane
After living in Egypt for forty years, Moses was a shepherd for another forty years before God called him to return to Egypt and lead God’s people to the Promised Land.
For forty years of those everyday, mundane moments God prepared Moses to be the leader he needed. The leader he wanted. The leader God knew Moses could be.
God worked in those moments to shape and mold Moses into the man who would bring God’s people home.
Redeem the Mundane Moments
In those moments when it might seem as if what we do doesn’t really matter, perhaps we can look at ways God would like for us to redeem them.
If we pay attention, we might discover God is calling us to a new thing. A new job he has for us to complete. A new season of service.
Or he might be asking us to pay attention to those around us who might benefit from an encouraging word, a shared prayer, an act of kindness. We never know what divine appointments our mundane moments might hold.
Most of our lives are not burning bush moments. Still, even when it seems like nothing is happening in our everyday mundane moments, God is at work. He is shaping us. Molding us to be the tool he wants us to be. And in those moments, just as it was for Moses, we are right where God wants us to be.
How do you view your mundane moments? As something to avoid, or something to embrace?
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One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. Exodus 3:1-2 (NLT)
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