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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 158 – Walking in the Wilderness

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“Walking in a winter wonderland,”  has quite a different ring than “Walking in a wilderness of adversity,” doesn’t it?

But that’s where the Israelites found themselves for 40 years. And that’s where we sometimes find ourselves as well, isn’t it?

We’re familiar—sometimes mournfully so—with the sandy terrain and rough patches, the brown landscapes and dry air of the wilderness, and we long for a respite, for a hint of green, for shade and cool water.


But, like Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, we may be afflicted in every way in this wilderness but we’re not crushed.

Not abandoned.
Not forsaken.
Not driven to despair.
Not destroyed.

In Deuteronomy 2, the Lord (kind of) says to the people, “Listen, y’all, you have been traveling around this mountain country long enough,” and begins to explain what will happen for them next. He re-routes their path and says to be careful going through the territory of Esau’s people. God tells them that even though He isn’t giving them the land they’re walking through, He will provide food and water by allowing the Israelites to purchase from Esau’s people so they can eat and drink. A season of refreshment has come.

Then we get to verse seven. It’s one of my favorite verses, a treasure chest of gems:

“For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows your going through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing.”

Isn’t that so rich? There is so much there; way more than this blog (or blogger) can tackle.

“He knows your going through this great wilderness.”

Does that not drip with comfort? 

He knows. Their way was known. They were known. So it is with you.

“He knows” because He was with them every step of the way. “He knows” your going because He’s with you too.


How did they know He was with them? 

In this jewel of a verse (seven), the Lord is teaching His people the reality that His provision is His presence. They lacked nothing they needed. He provided. And He’s providing for us, regardless if we’re walking in a winter wonderland or a sandy wilderness that seems devoid of life.

Drink deep from this fountain, soul.

Rest assured, our time in the wasteland isn’t wasted. God is strategically at work, continuing to provide everything you need.

Look around you, how has God provided?
In what ways do you see His tender care and mercy?
How is He marking His activity?

Maybe our season of refreshment is here but we don’t realize it because we’re too busy dwelling on the sand instead of the One who is with us in the middle of it.

Remember, soul:
Because Jesus was forsaken on the cross by the Father, we never will be.
Because Jesus was wounded, our pain is now temporary.
Because Jesus took our sin and gave us life, this death we’re feeling will one day be eclipsed by True Life.
Because Jesus walked in the wilderness of God’s abandonment, we will never have to.

If we look carefully, I’m 100 percent convinced we will see Him working, preparing us for the day (hopefully this very one) when we can say, “We have lacked nothing, because God was with us.”

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