"Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the desert …"
-- Exodus 15:22 (NIV)
Sometimes we feel like we've been wasting our time and spinning our wheels in a dead end place that we're destined to stay. But if we do our best to learn all we can where we are, God can bring about new things we haven't dreamed of.
The Biblical prophet, Moses, was an example of this.
Moses spent 40 years of his life in the desert, herding sheep and protecting his family from danger. He had to know and understand how to live in the hot scorching sun, and the extreme dry conditions. It was important to stay well-hydrated to avoid dehydration. Dodging snakes and scorpions, were among survival skills, as well.
God called him to take his knowledge to Egypt and bring the people from the difficult conditions there to a better life.
Moses couldn't see how he was the man for the job. However, Egypt was surrounded by many miles of hot, dry desert sands. God used Moses' 40 years of desert dwelling to master his survival skills. Now he was an expert and able to use his expertise to help others.
I doubt while Moses was living in the desert he ever believed he'd be used by God to fulfill a dream.
There have been times in my life I couldn't perceive how what I was going through could make a difference later on. I felt as if I was just trying to survive the moment. But in hindsight, it was clear how God used the things I was learning in new exciting ways.
As we look to God to make known to us the skills, abilities and wisdom we have accumulated from our life circumstances, we can watch him bring some creative new ideas and discover dreams we've never known before.
• Annettee Budzban is an author, speaker, life coach and nurse. Annettee is speaking on Dream Big! at Our Redeemer's United Methodist Church in Schaumburg on Monday, June, 11. Call the church at (847) 882-6116 for details. Contact her at Annetteebudzban@aol.com or (847) 543-8413.