Saturday, September 10, 2016


Moses was forty when he started living in the wilderness, he was eighty when he led the people out of Egypt to go to the promised land, he climbed up a mountain to die when he was 120 years old. You cannot be born in a shack, be raised in the palace, wander in the desert, walk in the wilderness and die on a mountain if you are stuck in your ways.

Moses had to keep changing. Rightly or wrongly he responded to what was going on; killing the man was wrong (Exodus 2:11-12), helping the women was right (Exodus 2:16-17), he learned as he lived. He was born a Hebrew and should have been killed at birth but he was adopted and raised by an Egyptian princes. He left the palace and became a shepherd and then became a leader of the Hebrews, people he barely knew. He could have stayed in the palace.

Like Moses, we have all determined the extent of what we are willing to do, what we are going to do and behave accordingly. Unlike Moses many people will not go all the way, they stay in the palace where it is comfortable.

People will work a job they hate because of the benefits and the predictability of it all.
People will stay in a church because it is where their family attends though they really do not “get” anything out of the service, no spiritual growth. People will not make an effort to improve their marriage because they have learned to co-exist.
People will not move even though they do not like the community they are in again because they are comfortable where they are.

Change requires effort and appreciating the unknowns of something new. Every time Moses changed his environment he became a better person. All of his experiences helped him to fulfill his ultimate purpose: to lead God’s children out of bondage. Many people are afraid of change and therefore resist it.

I believe the key to being as successful as Moses was is to trust God, that is what I am doing more and more everyday.   XXX

And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph