Reading: Exodus 1:8-2:10 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: One of our longer texts, huh? Full of all sorts of stuff: fear, prejudice, slavery, deception, trickery, murder, lies, compassion, irony, life. This story takes such twists and turns that sometimes it’s a little difficult to follow. But through it all the reader hopes and pulls for the losing side. And in the end of the story we see the loser becoming the winner. But, put our emotions aside and look at what really happens. Through all the twists and turns, God gets done what needs to be done. In this whole crazy piece of life, God is working and making happen what God wants to happen.
And so it is in our lives. What craziness in our lives, in our life journey is God working through to make happen what God wants? Maybe it is hard to imagine that God can find a way to use the crazy stuff in our lives. But God does. And that is the grace in this story. God is working and will get what God wants, no matter how crazy life seems at times. --Jim Bricker