If you’re going through a transition, and wonder where you fit, here are a few lessons from Moses. First, find a family. Let’s put ourselves in Jethro’s sandals. Out of the bush comes this stranger, some 300 hundred miles from home. Everyone was curious about his story, a story he couldn’t spin. If they found out he was a murderer gone awol, he would face certain rejection once more. It was awkward at dinner time for a while.
This wilderness family was a Godsend. They welcomed a mysterious traveler around their table. Before they knew what he believed or what he had done, they accepted him. He had baggage, but they gave him time to unload.
Here’s a great example of the New Testament practice of hospitality. The Bible consistently calls us to practice hospitality. Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” In the Greek language the word for “hospitality” literally means “the love of strangers.” We love like this because God loved us when we were estranged from him. Our world today is starving for fellowship, but too paranoid to cross the street. We worry if the guy next door is a terrorist, or serial killer. What a way to demonstrate Jesus’ love.
God wants his church to be this kind of family. When an awkward stranger comes, let’s warmly welcome them, especially those who are not ready to share their story. You never know. Jethro had no idea Moses would become Israel’s greatest leader.
In your wilderness, God will lead you to the right one. You’ll know you’ve found the place as soon as you walk in. You’ll see other misfits, joined together in community, showing hospitality. It might be awkward but don’t head for the desert. In time you’ll find the courage to open up. You’ll be surprised how God takes your story and makes it a message of hope.