….with us in the wilderness

4 Aug

Since September last year I’ve been in a new season work wise. In March this year it just got harder – the commute to work, work intensity and my commitments were not fewer especially my core commitments to my family and my local church.

Change is uncomfortable, seasons of transition stretch us to a degree we often do not want to grow into. My discomfort held the potential for growth but the stretch was tough I couldn’t see any positive potential.
What was more was the uncertainty of many days and how uncomfortable I felt on my inside. Many other factors made the March curve a bit tougher and as the months came around there were events happening on the side which I couldn’t control, including loss.
Hard seasons are as they sound – hard. Our faith in God doesn’t keep us immune from them.

As the days rolled by, I had to personally unplug from many things because my gaze was becoming distracted and life seemed to be spinning.
In my unplugging, I began digging my heels deep into The Rock. If life would not take us out, if our faith would not fail, we must refresh our gaze from time to time. We must disallow the noise around us from drowning out the voice of hope from within us that urges us forward into the future God has prepared for us.

I love Gods word – it remains the surest compass for my life. I began to study the Israelites as they began to transition from Egypt into the promised land. They were Gods chosen people yet had to navigate a wilderness, the Red Sea and many giants as they journeyed. Some resorted to complaining, while some retained a perspective of faith and an assurance in Gods character and His ability to deliver.

I share this to say, keep going. Our journeys in God would not be hassle free always yet in them we can choose to live a life of complaining or instead choose to see The God who is with us in the wilderness.

Through all the book of Exodus we see Him

as a Pillar of cloud by day and a Pillar of fire by night leading His people through unknown terrain

as the Invisible Hand that parts the Red Sea making it a pathway for His people to walk through

as The Camper God who camps His people by fresh springs and palm trees so they are refreshed

The Providing God who supplies daily manna for His people and quail for their nourishment

The Faithful God under whose care their clothes did not wear out neither the shoes on their feet.

God is constant in all our times and seasons and He is not removed from our wildernesses. If we quieten our hearts and find our rest in Him, we would see Him present with us, never leaving, always guiding and always providing.

Sometimes all we need to do is to pull away from the noise of fear and doubt and refresh our gaze. It’s there that we would see Him clearly, constant in His character and present with us as we journey along. Most times we are in a hurry to exit hard seasons yet they hold such great potential for us to see our multifaceted, multidimensional, multi gracious and faithful God. He is tender to all those He loves and His compassion is unending. Hope this encourages you. Don’t give up.

“I have led you in the wilderness forty years; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭29:5‬ ‭

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