According to the stories of Moses that are taught by the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths, Moses spent about 40 years of his life as a shepherd. This was before the bush lit up and he brought the Israelites out of Egypt.
My preacher talked about Moses this morning and gave a message that centered on living intentionally and not wasting our time on earth.
What stuck out to me, however, is that Moses spent 40 years doing a really mundane job in a really mundane setting. That resonated with me because I often feel like I have a pretty boring path right now. Being a stay-at-home mom is the same thing day in and day out except that sometimes I get a different kid’s poop on me.
When I was in high school I honestly thought that I’d be more important than that. I thought I’d be doing something more exciting or at least more unusual than suburban bliss.
I don’t, though. I stay at home with my kids except when I teach high school. I drive a minivan. I belong to the YMCA and go to church.
So the fact that when Moses was my age he thought he would just tend the sheep every day until he died makes me feel better. This is a phase. It doesn’t mean that there is nothing else for the rest of my days. This is what I’m doing now.
I’ll be honest, though. If I can’t settle in to this routine pretty quickly I might try setting the yard on fire and see what happens.