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THE PLACE OF CALLING
David Winter writing for B.R.F. New Daylights, 16th. January 1012 refers to the desert as, 'The Place of calling. He reminds us of Moses experience while he was in the desert with his father-
Let us think about this and about how God calls some of us today.
Some people like Moses need to get away from the crowds to quiet places to think and to meditate on life in general. This may be a place of Retreat or even a quiet corner in some national park. If God wants to call us in a similar way to that of Moses, the first things He does is to attract their attention. Now I am not suggesting that He causes a park bush to flare up! Our Father has many different ways of attracting our attention and every bit of His creation can teach us something about Him and His will for us. Whatever it is, it may be something that during our busy lives has been there in front of us but we simply have not had the time to notice. For example, while walking in the park, suddenly we could come across a new shrub which is in flower for the first time and which until then we'd ignored. The bright colours attract us to it and reminds us how we often ignore God but that in fact He is all around us.
We may wonder how we can get others to be more aware of God. That thought could lead to us offering ourselves for ministry.
God often uses the simplest things to get our attention but they also require us to be in a place or situation far from other distractions.
Once we receive our call, then we have to prepare. Next week we will consider how we move on.
A PLACE OF PREPARATION
David Winter writing for B.R.F. New Daylight 20th. January 2012, calls the desert, 'The Place of Preparation'.
The desert was the place that God's chosen people were formed into God's nation. When Moses led them out of slavery, they were a broken people from the different tribes of Israel with no leadership and nothing to follow as a distinctive guide to behaviour, moral teaching and expectations of those who lived in a society or community. It was in the desert that they were given rules and laws to live by and which would distinguish them from any other Nations. As well as this, their laws were God given and their duty was to God through the keeping of His laws. In the desert the old nation was mad into a new one and the only ones left from those who left Egypt to enter the 'Promised Land' were Joshua and Caleb. Joshua had been with Moses from the beginning and had been taught by Him and trained by Him. He therefore was a link with the past as well as establishing a new future in that Land promised them by God through Abraham.
We too need a place to prepare us for our callings, our future ministry for God. Having acknowledged our vocations we cannot leave it at that. We need to find a place to be with Jesus, to get to know Him better and to learn from Him as well as letting Him change up and form us into the people He wants us to be. Like the Israelites we are a 'rebellious' people'. We too want our own way. We too try to test God. We too are easily distracted and we too find it easy to blame God when things go wrong. We too can quickly turn to idols of our own when we don't get our own way. There is so much with which we can compare ourselves to those wanderers in the Sinai desert.
God was often angry with them He must surely also be angry with us. Moses used to plead with Him not to destroy His people. We have someone far greater than Moses. We have Jesus Who died for us so that we are reconciled to God and that through Him our sins are forgiven. Jesus continues to intercede for us.
It took forty years to change the Israelites and they still had far to go. Our callings are a beginning, our preparation takes a life time as it did for all but two in Sinia. Joshua was the link with the past. The desert changed Him and prepared him for a new identity and a way of life lived in obedience to God.. Through the indwelling of The Holy Spirit we too will change and grow daily into the likeness of Christ to become His body now on Earth.
We will need to return to our deserts, our quiet places from time to time for renewal along our journey. Lent can be a time for a yearly visit. Don't let the opportunity pass us by and be prepared to allow the Holy Spirit to do His work in us and prepare us for our work for God through the year ahead. Our Lenten experiences should affect are for life, not end in forty days.