She bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
You ever feel strange? Ever feel like others think you’re strange? Ever feel like you’re in a strange place in life? Well, you’re in good company.
Moses felt the same way. But not at first. He grew up secure and confident. He knew the course of his life. He had a premiere education and a bright future. He had his 401K and IRA’s in place. He enjoyed all the securities of Egypt and he relished in her comforts. But then his life took a drastic turn and everything seemed to go down hill. What in the world did he do wrong? The same man that walked across the ornate marble of Egypt was now crunching through the barren wasteland of Midian as an exile. Feeling very strange… so strange that he names his firstborn son Gershom, which means “I’m a stranger in this place.”
No one knew his name. No apparent purpose. No foreseeable future. 50, 60, 70 years old… wondering – for more than 3 decades – ‘Where did I go wrong? What’s the purpose in all this?’
Moses was feeling displaced, lost, and confused. We can call it a strange season. Ever been there?
Strange seasons prove we are out of control. Otherwise, if it were up to us, we would be in a place of total assurance, confidence, and comfort. But the fact that we’re not goes to show we are in a place we didn’t choose. Somebody else is in control.
Oh, the working of God’s mysterious hand! If only we knew the wonderful things accomplished in the strange, yet sacred seasons!!!
Think about Moses. All the accomplishments of Egypt were being stripped away and the lofty statesman was being humbled because God wanted to use the man for a far greater purpose. His identity and reputation, his confidence and plans, had to be set aside because, you see, Egypt taught him how to conquer the world, but Midian taught him how to rely on God. And it was in THIS strange land where the bush began to burn.
The lesson for us is not to despise our strange seasons. When we feel out of control, God is up to something. Let’s keep our heart open and let Him perform His work in our life. Good things will always come of it.