Moses said to his brother-in-law Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We’re marching to the place about which God promised, ‘I’ll give it to you.’ Come with us; we’ll treat you well. God has promised good things for Israel.” (Numbers 10:29)
Hobab wanted to stay in a place in which he was familiar with. However, his mind was changed when it was opened to the possibilities that await him if he were to choose to step out of his comfort-zone. It also helped that Moses made him feel important –that he was a significant person to the community.
Like Hobab, many of us are hesitant to step outside of our comfort-zones. It is much easier to stick to what we know. However, if we wish to seek out better possibilities for ourselves, we must be willing to take some risks. We must be willing to enter into the uncertain.
It also helps us to remind ourselves that like Hobab, we have a role to play in our community. The community cannot move forward if we ourselves are not willing to move forward with it. We must, together, take a step into the world of uncertainty. It may be scary at first, but knowing that we have each other for support, as well as God’s presence, will help us carry through.