In her Catalyst Podcast entitled Leading Up Bianca Juarez Olthoff discusses the idea that sometimes we are called to walk alongside a leader instead of paving our own path. She explained that in her first discussions with Christine Caine (now her boss at A21) on what the future held a question was posed. Do you want to build a platform or do you want to have a role in changing the world for the kingdom of God?
One example that was discussed was the story of Moses and the burning bush.
Read: Exodus 3
Review: Moses was in the fields living his life as a shepherd when he and his father-in-law saw a bush that was on fire. The bush continued to burn but didn’t burn up. As Moses went to investigate he heard God speak directly to him. Moses wasn’t living a faith-filled life at the time. He was living with a family that didn’t worship the one true God.
God had a plan for Moses’ life that began with him changing directions on his current path. As Olthoff explained it Moses laid down his job, his identity and his control and stepped out in obedience to God.
Record: Does it seem odd that Moses would be called for such an important job when he wasn’t close to the path God had for his life?
How would you handle having to give up everything in order to obey God?
Is it possible to avoid this process? What does that look like for you?
Reflect: Moses had moved on with his life leaving the only home he had known and creating a new one. He was married with a child at the time of God’s calling. He had a job,a home and a family that depended on him.
There were live lessons that Moses needed to learn in the wilderness, but he wasn’t aware of what he was preparing for. Although he was in a literal wilderness, he wasn’t necessarily seeking a change or living discontentedly. Still, he wasn’t living in the totality of God’s will for his life.
I don’t know what would have happened to the Israelites if Moses has gotten his way and not had to speak to Pharoah. I don’t know what would have happened to Moses. As we already read, upon his death Moses was buried by God. His journey certainly wouldn’t have included the depth of personal relationship he had with God had he chosen to stay on the path his feet were currently planted on.