Two Years and Counting

August 14, 2008, 9:02 am
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I wanted to share this with you all this morning. It’s a devotion I got by email today. 

There are dry, fruitless, lonely places in each of our lives, where we seem to travel alone, sometimes feeling as though we must surely have lost the way. What am I doing here? How did this happen? Lord, get me out of this! 

He does not get us out. Not when we ask for it, at any rate, because it was He all along who brought us to this place. He has been here before–it is no wilderness to Him, and He walks with us. There are things to be seen and learned in these apparent wastelands which cannot be seen and learned in the “city”–in places of comfort, convenience, and company. 

God does not intend to make it no wasteland. He intends rather to keep us–to hold us with his strength, to sustain us with his sure words–in a place where there is nothing else we can count on. 

“God did not guide them by the road towards the Philistines, although that was the shortest…God made them go round by way of the wilderness towards the Red Sea” (Ex 13:17,18 NEB). 

Imagine what Israel and all of us who worship Israel’s God would have missed if they had gone by the short route–the thrilling story of the deliverance from Egypt’s chariots when the sea was rolled back. Let’s not ask for shortcuts. Let’s keep alert for the wonders our Guide will show us in the wilderness.


(I’m not sure what the rules are about re-publishing things like this so in the interest of full disclosure, I got this from the Back to the Bible, Elisabeth Elliot daily devotional.)

By the way, thanks for all the info and input about the laparoscopy. I’m still waiting on Dr. I. (the doctor in my hometown) to receive and review my records. Then I’ll go from there.


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Thank you for sharing. I was also listening to my Daily Audio bible fix, and the passage was from Nehemiah, and listing how God brought the Israelites through so many things and kept loving them through idolatry and sin and blasphemy. Even though I too am going through a deserted and empty place in my life I know that God is showing me things and teaching me new things. I’m so thankful for my heavenly Father, cuz He knows so much better than me.

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