Read Joshua 1:1-9.
I wonder what Moses would have been like as a mentor to Joshua. I wonder what stories he shared — did he share of his growing up years in Egypt? His encounter with God at the burning bush? Or were their conversations primarily about leadership — how to lead such a “stubborn and stiff-necked” people? From what God says to Joshua, it sounds like there were quite a few instructions involved — carefully obey all of the instructions that Moses my servant commanded you. Don’t deviate even a bit from it, either to the right or left. (1:7)
As I read and reflect on this passage from Joshua, I cannot help but ask you to contemplate this question: who is a Moses figure in your life? Who is someone who has been pouring into you, through story, leadership, and instruction? It might be someone obvious, but it might be someone less obvious than you thought. I had a high school student I met with during my junior year of college, and she was more of a mentor to me than I was to her!
I do not know what season of life you are in right now, beloved, but I do know that God has provided someone in your life to help you be “brave and strong” — all you have to do is discern who that might be.
Precious Lord, thank you for the Moses figures in our life. Empower us to be brave and strong in the face of new challenges and remind us that we are never truly alone in life’s journey. Amen.
Rev. Rachel Hébert
Campus Minister, UKirk Williamsburg