staying the course

He had a firm grip on the staff of God. Exodus 4:20

If only life were a straight road from birth to death. Even just a few forks thrown on the trail for choices, judgement and excitement wouldn’t be so hard to handle. But what we have instead is a bumpy journey with way too many crossroads and obstacles and mazes.

Moses’ life was one with numerous crossroads, with many responsibilities, with decision upon decision to make. Yet he made it; He made it from reed basket to seat next to God because he learned early on the key to a successful journey.

When he left Midian to take on his position as leader of a nation, the Bible tells us “Moses took his wife and sons and put them on a donkey for the return trip to Egypt. He had a firm grip on the staff of God.” (vv. 20, 21) That’s all we are told–This from the Book that goes into great detail about all sorts of things! We’re not told if there was hired help, whether he took cattle and grain, how long the journey was. Nothing.

Certainly there was more to his journey than wife, sons, donkey and a walking stick. But the point is that the other stuff didn’t matter. All the planning, the details, the stress didn’t matter because Moses had his priorities straight–his family and his God

We tend to drag along a tedious to-do’s and stressful decisions. Life responsibilities often make it almost impossible to know which way to turn, which task to make a priority. To get it straight, we need to do what Moses did–Keep those we love close to us and get a firm grip on God.

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