Desert Wonderings…

I’ve been camping in the desert this past week– figuratively, not literally. (I’ve only been camping twice in my life actually. Definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. But now I’m doubly sure that I’m just not a sleep in a tent in the middle of nowhere kind of girl…)

Instead I’ve been reading through Deuteronomy in this chronological bible (which is awesome by the way for those of us that love organization– it’s really easy to follow since everything flows in the time order at which it occurred..) and I find myself camping on a couple things… So there must be something I’m supposed to learn from them…

First up is that it took the Israelites 40 years to make an 11 day trip. (Deuteronomy 1:2-3) Gosh, this happens to me all the time…oh it should only take 3 or so hours to fix that hot water heater…  And yet during the 40 year tour between slavery in Egypt and freedom in the Promised Land their clothes didn’t wear out and their feet didn’t blister or swell (Deuteronomy 8:4) This boggles my mind because the natural order of things is that they wear out or get used up. But I forget sometimes that with God we’re really dealing with the supernatural and His economy is infinite.

But the thing that I’ve staked my tent on the most is that by their own doing {complaining, lack of trust, faulty obedience, fearfulness, etc.} the Israelites were delayed in seeing their promised land for.forty.years.  Ouch… How many times do God’s lessons for me fail to sink in…? It’s easy to end up circling around in my own self made desert…holding onto unlovely behaviors…dry and dusty for years and years….

falling aprat

All the while though, there is hope. And a God at work that is busy meeting my smallest need {hello brand new running shoes at Goodwill for $5} in the midst of my wandering…  And at the proper season, when I’m ready and have remained faithful, he’ll send the rains. (Deuteronomy 11:13-14)

I’d love to know what you’ve been camping on lately…

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