“Time passed. Moses grew up. One day he went and saw his brothers, saw all that hard labor. Then he saw an Egyptian hit a Hebrew—one of his relatives! He looked this way and then that; when he realized there was no one in sight, he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand.


The next day he went out there again. Two Hebrew men were fighting. He spoke to the man who started it: ‘Why are you hitting your neighbor?’


The man shot back: ‘Who do you think you are, telling us what to do? Are you going to kill me the way you killed that Egyptian?’


Then Moses panicked: ‘Word’s gotten out—people know about this.’


Pharaoh heard about it and tried to kill Moses, but Moses got away to the land of Midian. He sat down by a well.” Exodus 2:11-15 (MSG)




Moses had grown up in Pharaoh’s household. Yet, he still knew that he was a Hebrew. As he got older, he began to see the treatment of his people, the Israelites, in a new light. He knew he needed to do something about it, so he took matters into his own hands. Word spread about Moses’ actions, which caused him to flee the country. It would seem that God had placed Moses strategically in Pharaoh’s household to bring about deliverance for the Israelites. Moses had it in his heart to help the Israelites, but on the road to Midian, it probably seemed like Moses had sacrificed his opportunity. When he got to Midian, he would become a shepherd on the backside of the wilderness. Yet, during those 40 years, God did not forget the calling He had placed on Moses’ life. He would bring him back to Egypt as the leader who would speak to Pharaoh on behalf of the people. It was coming, but the time between leaving Egypt and going back to Egypt would almost convince anyone that it was over. Decades had passed, but Moses’ life is a testament to the fact that God doesn’t waste anything. God would use the passion Moses had in his heart to deliver the Israelites 40 years earlier and his experience living in the desert and shepherding to propel him into his God ordained purpose. Moses would be exchanging his physical frustration and taking matters into his own hands for being the one to stand before a very powerful ruler. All of Moses’ story was preparing him for the greatest opportunities that he had yet to experience. He knew how Pharaoh’s house operated and about the domestic and foreign policy. But, as he sat down by a well in the land of Midian, he couldn’t see any of it. What at the time seemed finished was only the beginning of what God would do in Moses’ life.


We can also experience similar seasons in life as Moses did. Maybe God placed a passion or dream inside your heart only for decades to pass without it being realized.  It seems that you have arrived at the back side of the wilderness, or maybe you have been there for a while. You look back at 10 or 20 years ago, and you can’t quite figure out what God was doing then. It seemed like you were following Him and being obedient, but all the parts of your story just don’t seem to connect. When we face these times in our lives, we need to remember that God doesn’t waste anything. He doesn’t waste seasons where we are walking in the wilderness. He can use all parts of our story and use them for good. You might not understand why you met that person, had that experience, or moved in a specific direction. We tend to live life with a yearly calendar, and many things in life will not come full circle during that time period. God sees the breadth of time and is strategically aligning your life, purpose, passion, and dreams to accomplish something significant. So, if you have come to a desert season in life, remember that it’s not over yet, because God doesn’t waste anything.


Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.  Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.
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