Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian;
he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush;
he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.
Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’
When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see,
God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’
And he said, ‘Here I am.’
Then God said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet,
for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.
I am the God of your father,
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’
And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Then the Lord said,
‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt;
I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters.
Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down
to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land
to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey
to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites,
the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
The cry of the Israelites has now come to me;
I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them.
So come, I will send you to Pharaoh
to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.’
But Moses said to the Lord,
‘O my Lord, I have never been eloquent,
neither in the past nor even now that you have spoken to your servant;
but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.’
Then the Lord said to him,
‘Who gives speech to mortals?
Who makes them mute or deaf, seeing or blind?
Is it not I, the Lord?
Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak.”
— Exodus 3:1-10, 4:10-12
[Whenever we read or hear a story in the Bible about one’s call by God or Jesus to service or discipleship, we need to think about our own call. In every such encounter we can learn something about God and something about our response or discipleship. For example, don’t we make excuses to God when God calls us? And, as with Moses, God won’t accept excuses and promises to help us.]