Into the Lenten Wilderness
One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is found in Exodus 3: 1-15. Moses is tending his father-in-law's sheep "beyond the wilderness" on Mount Horeb when he suddenly encounters God speaking to him from a burning bush. God tells Moses that he is to lead the Israelites from captivity in Egypt to a "land flowing with milk and honey".
Holy encounters change our life forever. Moses went from being a content shepherd to being the leader of God's people. It was not a call that he sought out, but a call that came to him.
Sometimes we think that "call" is something that only happens to people who are headed to seminary, but call happens to all of us.
Lent is a time of going into the wilderness, that place within each of us where God dwells, to listen to God's voice in a very intentional way. When we spend time in God's presence, God speaks to us. But be prepared. Prayer is not for the faint hearted. You never know what God may call you to do.
Moses did not have a career goal of becoming a biblical hero, but it happened. He became a biblical hero because he responded to God's call on his life, despite all of his resistance and fears.