Sandaled feet scuffing on rocky soil, no other person in sight, no reprieve from the heat of the noonday sun, he stopped and surveyed his surroundings. At one time, he’d been a man of power and wealth, a man schooled in the finest Egypt had to offer. At one time, he thought he had a grand purpose. For forty years he’d lived in the back side of the desert, hidden from his past, a hostage of the mistake that haunted his days and nights (Exodus 2).
Now, he tended sheep. He herded and kept livestock that didn’t even belong to him, he had nothing to his name other than his wife and sons. Nothing to offer anyone. He’d come to the desert and here he would stay, here he would die.
God had other ideas. God called from the burning bush that was not consumed by fire. From within the fire, the Voice called Moses out of the desert. The one held hostage by his failure, is called out to free a people held hostage (Exodus 3).
God finds the one who thinks they have gone too far from His grace, the one who thinks they have been forgotten, the one who is hiding, the one who thinks they have no purpose.
God’s love never fails to find you, to call to you, to give new mercies every morning, new hope, new plans, and new opportunities.
No matter where you are, what you have done, whatever has happened to you, God’s love never fails, and His love will never fail to lead you to a new beginning.
“He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.” ~ Deuteronomy 32:10 (NASB)
Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 1:18 (NASB), Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP), Isaiah 43:19 (NASB)
Photo by Lisa Buffaloe