Mundane Moments

bored woman at computerMundane

According to the Oxford dictionary, mundane means very ordinary and therefore not interesting. Is that how you might describe your everyday life?

Ordinary.

Not interesting.

Boring.

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.

Your Turn

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)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Coincidence or God-ordained Incidence?

small boy and girlHave you ever wondered if what just happened was a coincidence, or if it was a God-ordained incidence?

I know I’ve experienced such times. What I’m learning is, more likely than not, God orchestrated those times for his purposes. I may not have seen it as such when the event happened, but looking back, I could see God’s hand at work.

That’s what happened to Moses when God met him at the Burning Bush in the wilderness. God told Moses to go back to Egypt. God had a plan. His plan included sending Moses to Egypt. From there, Moses would lead God’s people out of slavery. He would lead them to the Promised Land.

God had a plan. Moses had excuses.

One by one, Moses told God why he wasn’t the best candidate for the job. One of the excuses Moses gave was that he was not an eloquent speaker. He didn’t see himself as the right man to speak on God’s behalf to Pharaoh. Even after God assured Moses God would give him the words to say, Moses balked.

Finally, God told Moses he would send Moses’ brother, Aaron, with Moses, since Aaron spoke well. As soon as God agreed to send Aaron, who should appear on the horizon in the middle of nowhere? Aaron. Right on cue.

Coincidence? I don’t think so. More like a God-ordained incidence.

Before God and Moses had their conversation, God told Aaron to go into the wilderness to meet his brother. Because Aaron obeyed, he arrived at the exact moment God intended.

God planned it all along. It was not a happenstance. It wasn’t a coincidence. It was God’s orchestrated plan from the beginning.

God offered Moses the opportunity to be his spokesperson. Still, God knew Moses well enough to know Moses wouldn’t want to go alone. God knew Moses would need Aaron at his side to accomplish God’s plan of deliverance for the Israelites.

After Aaron arrived, God informed both men of his plan for their journey to Egypt. With the two brothers on board, God’s plan to deliver his people began to take shape.

It took forty years for the Israelites to reach the Promised Land. Neither Aaron nor Moses lived to see that day. Even so, their initial meeting at the Burning Bush was no coincidence. It was a God-ordained incidence.

The next time something happens in our lives which may be considered coincidence, perhaps we should look closer. It just might be a God-ordained incidence instead.

When have you had an event occur which others think is a coincidence, but you felt was God-ordained?

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Meanwhile the Lord had said to Aaron, “Go into the desert to meet Moses.” So he went to meet him at the holy mountain; and when he met him, he kissed him. Then Moses told Aaron everything that the Lord had said when he told him to return to Egypt; he also told him about the miracles which the Lord had ordered him to perform. Exodus 4:27-28 (GNT)

You can find my June Inspire a Fire post here. Please stop by and read it.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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