7 So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. 8 Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved them.
9 Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. 10 He said, ‘Praise be to the Lord, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.’ 12 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God.
This is not Moses the great leader, the public figure who faced down Pharaoh, but Moses the family man, a glimpse at the person behind the public persona. Here we see him catching up with his Father-in-Law, chatting over the campfire about the adventure they’ve just been on and what God has done for them. Note his honesty, this isn’t a rose tinted story, but warts and all, both ‘the hardships they had met’ and ‘how the Lord had saved them’. Remember, Jethro isn’t a Jew, and yet as he hears Moses tell his story, he realises its truth and ends up eating ‘in the presence of God’. A reminder to all of us of the power of simply sharing our experiences honestly.
Father, give me a chance to share my story about how I have experienced you today.