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Many of us know we have a divine call on our lives. We feel it reverberating in our souls and know that God has created us for some good work or good life’s work that we want to get started on. But often that divine call doesn’t just fall in our laps. And during some phases of our lives I believe we have to wait during certain periods (sometimes very long periods) of time in order to be pruned, shaped, sharpened, molded into the kind of person who can live out what God is calling us to do. 

Immediately, Moses comes to mind. Moses, the great herald of justice for the Israelites set out to do justice in a way that was not just in the eyes of the Lord. If you remember the story, Moses killed an Egyptian who was abusing one of the Israelite people and then was forced to flee.

“One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, ‘Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?'” Exodus 2

Moses would one day go about justice in a godly way, but not until he spent many years wondering in the land of Midian. It was long enough for Moses to enter into a new family, get married, have children, and a new Egyptian ruler take the thrown.

“Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, ‘I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.’ During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.” Exodus 2

Moses would one day return to be a new kind of herald for the justice of God’s people in Egypt, but not before he spent time being shaped and molded and delivered himself. The Bible doesn’t say, but Moses did have to reckon with killing a man. He also had to reckon with a new identity as one who identified with slaves and not royalty. All of these transformations took a “long period.” 

I believe the Lord does the same with us today. He works in us ever so slowly and molds our character until we have become shaped into His likeness going about God’s ends (justice, mercy, and peace), but doing so with godly methods (gentleness, prayer, humility). 

While we wait, we must pray. The call is coming. 

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