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Thursday, August 5, 2010

wilderness and the promised land

last night at church, pastor made a brief statement about how the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before reaching the promised land. he said that they were in this "stuck"/"wandering" condition because of their unbelief and continued to say that many died over the course of that 40 years without ever reaching the land that God promised them.
i couldn't help but relate to those Israelites...
wandering.....stuck....deserted....knowing that
God has something better planned,
but feeling like it's unattainable.
i've been thinking this past week or so that maybe...just maybe...i don't surrender completely to God's plan...maybe i have a belief problem...maybe i have a little bit of difficulty believing God's promises.
how terrifying to think that this waiting period...this wandering...this stuckness...could be a symptom of my disbelief...or even just the fact that i try too hard to control my circumstances.
i need to surrender.
i need to keep my eyes focused on what's promised.
hey! being in the wilderness isn't all bad!!
during the time of their wandering, the Israelites saw miracles happen...
the parting of the red sea
moses striking the rock bringing forth water
manna from heaven
the burning bush
i'm gonna keep my eyes open for those inevitable miracles....but for now, i'm submitting to the fact that God has a plan for me and i'm loosening my grip on the situations i'm trying to control.
i believe that when i surrender....the biggest miracle of all will happen.
the "promised land" looks pretty good from here...
i'll be there soon.

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