Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Half Life and Fading Memories

"When Moses heard that, he fled the country and lived as a foreigner in the land of Midian, where his two sons were born. Forty years later, in the desert near Mount Sinai, an angel appeared to Moses in the flame of a burning bush. Moses saw it and wondered what it was. As he went to see, the voice of the Lord called out to him, 'I am the God of your ancestors the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Moses shook with terror and dared not look." Stephen's Defense in Acts

What Was It Like?

That day he walked across the desert soil as before. He scanned the horizon and listened for his sheep. As a few realitves and workers looked on him, a dirty shell of a man, did they even know that they were in the presence of the Prince of Egypt. As he leaned on his crook, there was no evidence that this man feasted in the presence of kings. After 40 years, he didn't think much of that past life anymore. He was a murderer, rejected by his people, and forsaken of God.

As an 80 year old, his life was over. He was in a twilight of existence which would end in a merciless snuff of breath and life.

And yet, the God of eternity did not waste a minute of the desert wandering. His servant Moses, who He loved, was in a training ground. He would walk on the desert soil again, the triumphant shepherd of a different flock.

Oh Lord- I want my life to count for You- there is no meaningless time!

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