Summary: God meets us in the every day of our lives and calls us to something great.
“It Was an Ordinary Working Day”
Exodus 3:1-12; 4:10-12
Ann left her dorm and took the subway to her medical school.
It was just another ordinary day.
She was meeting up with another medical student with whom she would be sharing a dead body.
They would be dissecting the dead body before finally being let loose on live ones.
The other student’s name was John.
As they looked over the corpse, John asked Ann whether she went to church.
Ann replied that she used to go as a child but hasn’t been in a long time.
Then John surprised Ann with this question: “Do you know God?” he asked.
This question rattled her.
She didn’t know how to think about it.
John invited Ann to go to a United Methodist Church near campus with him.
And the rest is history.
On this ordinary working day, Ann suddenly found herself on the threshold of meeting with God.
Michael was sitting in the break room at the restaurant where he was a waiter.
Other restaurant employees were talking about and making fun of the new dishwasher—Hector.
Hector was Mexican and spoke very little English.
He was a hard worker, and always gave Michael a big smile when he dropped off a dirty plate or glass.
Michael had met Hector’s family.
He had two very well-behaved young children and a lovely wife.
Hector was doing all he could to provide for his family, and yet, he was only making minimum wage as a dishwasher.
On several occasions, Michael had seen Hector and his family enter a church right around the corner from where Michael lived.
That next Sunday, Michael went to Hector’s Church.
Hector’s family greeted him warmly.
Hector’s children sat as close to Michael as they could.
After worship, Hector invited Michael over to his small apartment for a lunch of black beans and rice.
Little did Michael know that he was on the threshold of meeting with God.
His life would never be the same again.
Our Scripture Lesson for this morning opens on an ordinary working day.
“Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law.”
And as a shepherd, Moses was on the move with his flock.
He was on his own and wouldn’t get home for dinner, or even bedtime.
Moses had come a long way since his time in Pharaoh’s court as a “prince” in Egypt.
After defending an Israelite and killing an Egyptian Moses fled to Midian where he ended up marrying one of Jethro’s daughters.
They had a son and then settled down.
And Moses became a shepherd keeping Jethro’s flocks.
It’s wasn’t exciting work, but it kept food on the table.
It wasn’t glamorous work, but then, Moses had fallen a long way.
He had pretty much settled in his mind that this would be his lot in life.
He wasn’t expecting much.
And so the years went by, and before he knew it, Moses had been tending his father-in-law’s sheep for 40 years.
All the bright promise of his youth had come to this.
Then God just shows up.
Entirely on His own initiative.
All Moses saw at first was a blazing bush, but a very funny one, one that wasn't getting burnt up.
The spectacle surprised him, of course; and he went over to get a closer look.