The story of Moses resonates with me. In fact, a few of you long-time readers will remember that the new book, If I Plug My Ears God Can’t Tell Me What To Do, was originally called the Burning Bush Still Speaks. That was way back in the day when I didn’t know what I was doing and every day as a writer was filled with trepidation and a scrunched up face of pure concentration.

Exactly like today, I guess. Nothing’s changed in six years! I thought Moses’ story was awesome six years ago and I think it’s awesome still. I love how Moses was minding his own business, watching the sheep when God broke through and rearranged his entire life.

Lambs! And mercy, were they noisy.
Lambs! And mercy, were they noisy. 

He had no idea of what was coming.

He woke up that morning, he ate his Cocoa Puffs, he added gel to his hipster beard, and he kissed Zipporah goodbye. He pulled on his barn boots and he started the commute to work with a coffee mug in one hand and some goat cheese in the other.

Just like every day.

As he walked to the sheep he probably tripped over a few cats, a dog barked at him, and he wondered what his wife would make for dinner. He gathered up the livestock, said hello to Kirk (the minister at the local Presbyterian church), made polite small talk around the watering trough, and then he and the furry beasts headed out to the pasture.

Scuse me. No, scuse ME. Oh, so sorry. I bumped you. There are just so many mouths and so little trough space!
“‘Scuse me.” “No, ‘scuse ME.” “Oh, so sorry. I bumped you. There are just so many mouths and so little trough space!”

(If I get so much as one comment about how I know nothing about middle eastern sheep herding practices, I swear I will hunt that commenter down and feed him mutton.) ((And I know there weren’t any Presbyterians back in Moses’ day. But I’ve got one across the street from me and I thought it would be fun to add him into a blog post.))

Moses and the sheep did boring sheep/shepherd type things all morning, Moses was just about to eat his goat cheese on a few barley crackers, and then…

God rearranged his entire life.

The bush was burning, God was in it, he had things to say to Moses, and life was never the same again. It was hard, it was weird, and it was nothing Moses had planned to do. He did his best to talk God out of it, even.

God was not about to be redirected.

He was about to include Moses in one of the most amazing projects God has ever set into motion, and Moses was just the man for the job.

So think this little story over today, my friends. As you eat your Cocoa Puffs and gel your beard, as you kiss your spouse goodbye and begin your work day, mull the possibilities over in your mind.

Keep your eyes peeled for burning bushes, and be listening for the voice of God.

It might be your turn to have your life rearranged. Are you ready?

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Seriously, the baby sheep here wants to know. Are you ready? What if God rearranges your life today?



5 Comments on Today, a Shepherd. Tomorrow, Leader of God’s People! (It could happen to you.)

  1. David
    May 21, 2015 at 2:52 pm (3 years ago)

    I keep my beard too closely trimmed for gel, and I prefer fresh fruit (berries) mixed with yoghurt and Jordans’ Original Crunchy (do you get that in the US?) for breakfast. But I do try hard to listen for God’s voice. I’ve never seen a burning bush but He spoke to me once through a bunch of snowdrops. As you say Jessie, it is very much a case of keeping our eyes peeled.

  2. Jessie Clemence
    May 21, 2015 at 9:05 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve never heard of Jordan’s Original Crunchy! It looks tasty, though. I googled it.

    May 26, 2015 at 3:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Cocoa puffs? You are too odd.
    Anyway, things certainly did change for him and rather quickly and dramatically.

  4. Jessie Clemence
    May 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Do you not eat Cocoa Puffs? I don’t think they’re celiac friendly, but if they were I’d eat them.

    Oh, but I’m too old so they’d give me diabetes. So maybe not.

    May 26, 2015 at 5:54 pm (3 years ago)

    I was never a big Cocoa Puffs guy. I like other sugar cereals better. I did like the commercials though.