"Break the Routine"Stuart Jones Moses knew what it was like to be alone and in trouble. It started when he was a baby, left alone in a basket, floating among the reeds along the banks of the Nile River. It continued as an adult when he had to run away from his homeland to escape the consequences of killing an Egyptian. You may wonder how often he thought about God’s plan for his life after he was rescued from the river by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised as her son. You may wonder if, during the years he lived in a foreign land, he even considered the possibility that God was at work. Those years had to be quite a setback for a person who grew up among royalty. He had plenty of time to regret his crime and attempted cover-up. What’s interesting is how little time we spend thinking about the difficulties that shaped the life of Moses. Our thoughts go straight to Moses leading the Hebrew nation through one of the most incredible comebacks in history. Without the setbacks Moses may have never recognized his limitations and God’s power. Consider this exchange between God and Moses. “I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:10-12 (NIV) Trusting God through setbacks isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.