The workload seems to be catching up to Moses. (I mean, can you even imagine?) Something I noticed in these chapters is the way God provided people for Moses.
When he was weary from holding up his hands, Aaron and Hur held up his arms the rest of the day. (17:12-13)
Later in chapter 18, we read about his father-in-law, Jethro, visiting him in the wilderness. (I have so many questions about this! How did he know precisely where he was? Was there a map? How did he “get word to him” as mentioned in 18:6? I want details on these logistics!)
Jethro and Moses catch up and visit. I can imagine the relief Moses felt being among family and being filled up, his tense shoulders lowering as the evening went on. Being visited by people during an intense season of life is so refreshing. He receives much-needed advice as his mentor encourages him and also counsels him to delegate responsibility.
Who are your people?
Who comes and holds your arms up when your hands grow weak from God’s work?
Who visits you in your wilderness?
Who pulls you aside and says, ‘you’re taking too much on, this isn’t good, let’s figure this out’?
(Shout out to my girl Bethany who regularly hikes out to my wilderness to check on me and problem solve!)
A life alongside God is not meant to be isolating or lonely. He calls us to work for people and with people. We are meant for relationship.
If you have godly relationships, take a minute and thank God for your people. If you need this, ask him for it! He will extend it generously (but probably differently than you imagine). And of course, steward this well in your life. If you are someone’s ‘person’, take it seriously. Check on them, speak up and roll up your sleeves to serve them.