2018 has started out with many challenges/opportunities for my life.
So sometimes.. like the children of Israel in Exodus.. I want to go back to Egypt. Ok, in my case it would be rural Wisconsin, but the point is I want to go back to a place and time where it was simpler and a chance to redo all that I should NOT HAVE done.
This 'Exodus' from Egypt was filled with miracles, signs, and wonders by the very hand of God was lost on them when their stomachs were heard growling in the wilderness. Their faces were long, stomachs empty, and their memories short. Oh sure God parted the Red Sea so we would not be killed, BUT what has he done for us lately?
When I was younger reading this story of God's deliverance I sometimes shook my head thinking how sad they had such little faith, and such short memories. I would NEVER be so ungrateful, BUT.. upon further review.. I think I sadly would have been among friends.
I would like to say I would be Moses right hand man, I more likely would have been the guy crossing the Red Sea wearing water wings, and a flotation device nabbed back at the Nile YMCA.
I'm so tired but I have too much to do. My trees from the forest vantage point tells me foolishly life will NEVER be better again. I am getting older, my eyesight, hearing, aches and pains, and the grey in my beard remind me of that daily.
I can't do it.. I don't want to do it. Where is God? Can't he see I am unhappy? Can't he see my pouty face? Just ask my wife, my pouty face is hard to miss.
WRITE IT ON A ROCK..
Years ago I heard a sermon at church where our pastor gave the instruction.. To take note of when God answers your prayers in both big and small ways... and WRITE IT ON A ROCK. Meaning make a permanent record of God's providence in our lives to remind us when we are in 'trees from forest mode.'
and finally ..
Trust God with all our hearts and lean not in our own understanding. In all our ways acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths. Pr 3:5-6.
May God bless each of you with his promise of provision even when you cry out "My God my God why have you forsaken me". Wait patiently, remain faithful, stay the course, don't live in the past, and .. cancel that ticket to Egypt.
5/17/2018 12:17:38 am
Thank you for a meaningful devotional. I need to get your coffee table book. Have you ever thought of printing a devotional book? Ebooks are easy to print.
5/17/2018 07:26:40 am
Thanks David for your kind words. I like the idea of a devotional book, I will look into that, but not sure sometimes where to begin. I love to create and to write, but marketing of what I do I find to be like rocket science... but I will look into this. Thanks again. Blessings
5/17/2018 08:29:04 am
Me too.... devotional book. And if you would like assistance editing and preparing for Createspace, I would be honored to assist.
5/17/2018 12:55:52 am
Oh but I wouldn't be in my 20s or 30s again for anything. There's a peace that comes with age. (But then I didn't have to move. UGH!)
5/17/2018 07:27:59 am
Yes, the wheels have not completely come off the wagon, but I do miss the health of my 20s and 30s.
5/17/2018 08:01:51 am
Wise advice. I can't see myself dining on manna and quail forever but then again.. had to better than a grumbling tummy. Oh ye of little faith eh?
5/17/2018 08:26:05 am
Seems like a gracious God providing water, manna and quail after the grumbling and return to paganism would have awakened a gratefulness. Such is the sin of feeling entitled.
11/30/2022 06:10:26 am
I wanna go back to the time when there was no Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I wanna go back to the time when we did not have to write our status updates on twitter. I wanna go back to the time when you could not see every single trending hashtag on instagram. I wanna go back and show my friends the cool things we did and learnt while we were there.
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