Anne blogs at Front Porch, Inspired about surrendering everyday living for sacred purposes. She and her husband, Jay, are founders of a ministry called The Bridge, focusing on missional living and advocacy for youth in vulnerable places of life. She holds an MA in Teaching Languages (English and Spanish) and is a lover of words and the Word, culture and communication. Jay and Anne have four young kids, a front door that can’t stay closed, and an abundance of messy, holy chaos at their neighborhood center/home in Iowa – of all places.
When they came home to their father Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?” They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.” He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” Exodus 2:18-20
After Moses saved the daughters at the well, their father instructed them to call him to their home.
Truth is, Moses probably didn't have a lot else on his schedule other than fleeing for his life and getting out of Pharaoh's reach. He responded to that call, not just for an evening meal, but he ended up living with this man and his family for years. In fact, Moses married one of the daughters eventually.
But, it probably didn't feel much like a calling. God's direction for Moses wasn't written in the sky, didn't involve a burning bush (yet), or loads of status. It just happened. It was just an average day at the well and a typical invitation from a grateful father to a regular home and family.
Have you ever been called into less than spectacular circumstances?
Sometimes we are geared up for the big and the intense and the ground-shaking, when God just asks us to take another step on the same dirt path. Our call isn't declared from the Heavens with rainbows or lightning bolts. Maybe it's just a cubicle in a little office, or room full of children loving your attention, or a 9-5 with a long commute.
It just happens. And, it's easy to think our purpose and our mission field exist somewhere else - somewhere over there in our someday.
But don't overlook the average settings that God engineers. In these, He calls us into obedience. He teaches us the sound of His voice and gives us practice in patience.
True faithfulness is not formed in the midst of battle but in the seasons of training.
Friend, today let's choose surrender to the humble callings, knowing our future effectiveness in His kingdom depends on our willingness to practice obedience in the ordinary.
Lord, would you teach us today the importance of obedience in the little things? Will you prompt us into more faithful devotion to you, spending time in your Word and in prayer? Help us to embrace each season to which you've called us, knowing you are working through us and in us for your glory. In Jesus' name, amen.
31 Days of Purpose: Devotions from the early life of Moses
From a boat-basket to a burning bush, Moses’ call to leadership is filled with everyday people and situations, all divinely orchestrated for God's divine purpose. As we study the early years of Moses, we see a consistent theme of God raising up the unlikely and transforming the average with His anointing. That's me, and that's you - common people, yet commissioned for a high calling. Let's step into it this month, together. Click here for the whole series.