Sometimes, it’s hard to see what lies ahead. I get caught up in the here and now that I don’t take a look at the BIG PICTURE! In a season of changing diapers day in and out, I wasn’t sure there was a time in which tushie wiping would cease. I don’t know about you, but I get stuck, often forgetting the great promises that are on the horizon.
One of my favorite stories in ALL of the Bible has to be that of Moses leading the people of Israel through the wilderness and then passing the baton of leadership to Joshua, who led them into the Promised Land. There are just SO many great life lessons to be learned here!
Many Bible teachers have used this story as a parallel to the Christian life, especially those who seem to be walking in the theoretical “wilderness,” meaning pretty much a difficult season. I have several friends who are walking in a “wilderness” season of life, and quite frankly, I get frustrated for them (not with them) because I don’t understand why.
However, in that frustration, I also KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that their PROMISED LAND is just on the horizon. The Israelites journey began with an incredible miracle of God’s hand. He parted the waters of the Red Sea, so that the His chosen people could escape the Egyptians, walk on dry seabed, and arrive safely on the other side, looking on as the waters crashed onto their pursuing enemies.
After that incredible miracle, the people of Israel were doomed by their complaining to wander the desert for 40 years, and in that time, the mantle of leadership shifted to a new leader, Joshua. Joshua, although not a perfect leader, learned key leadership lessons and was now directing the people of Israel into their Promised Land. However, before rushing in and taking over the land, Joshua stopped and asked the people to, “Come and listen to what the Lord your God says.” (Joshua 3:9)
Instead of hurrying their way across the Jordan River in their own strength and method, the Israelites wilderness experience ended with another parting of waters. They crossed the river on dry ground following the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant. What incredible bookends to the desert wandering! An impossible parting of two bodies of water at two separate times.
Maybe you’ve seen miracles. Maybe you’re in a “wilderness” adventure right now. Maybe you’ve come out on the other side. You don’t have to “do” everything right. You’ll make mistakes. Just keep trusting Him. Continue trying to live as His Word encourages. Wherever you are, believe that your Promised Land is on the horizon. I’m believing it for you, too.