“When Pharaoh heard this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by the well.” Exodus 2:13-15
When Moses’ life was in danger for committing murder, he ran off to Midian to escape the punishment (of death) from Pharaoh. We cannot know how he felt about having to flee, but it does seem as though he was running from his failure to do what was right. Our scripture focus tells us, when he arrived, he sat by the well. I imagine he was exhausted and thirsty from traveling, or maybe he was exhausted from thinking about what he had done.
We all experience failure. We all have times in our lives when we feel like we are doing the best we can, only to find out we have fallen short of God’s glory. Quite possibly, we feel like Moses and grow weary.
Where is your Midian? Where do you run to when you are forced to face your mistakes and failures? My prayer is that you run to the presence of God. Our failures can teach us and mature our faith. When embraced, our failures can guide us to become more the person God is creating us to be. Most importantly, our failures can humble us, so that God can renew our spirit and refresh our soul.
On this new day, I pray for renewal, refreshment, and the peace of Christ to cover you.