Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Land Between

I've been ever so slowly reading "The Land Between," by Jeff Manion. It is a fantastic book that focuses on the Israelites and their desert adventure, as it were, and how it relates to us today. A book of transition....a book of transformation. Our growth and attitude in our own deserts, in our own wandering. It has taken me a significant amount of time to read, as I want to not miss any part. Today I was struck by a particular paragraph:
"The desert was to serve the purpose of transforming the people of slavery into the people of God.
Because they were in training to be God's representatives, they were thrust into situations in which either their trust would have to stretch or they would crack. As we have seen, their God was asking, 'Will you trust me when you have limited water? Will you trust me when food is in sort supply? Will you trust me when you grow tired of the food, I am providing? Will you trust me?' Unfortunately, the people cracked--repeatedly."

"Will you trust me?" He says. "Will you trust me?".....He said last year when I was facing a painful loss in my life. 
"Will you trust me?", He asked when my brother had to relearn how to walk...among other things. "Will you trust me?", He asked when my friend's step dad died unexpectedly.
This morning I received an email from an old friend..... in reality....I am the old one, and she is young. I got to know her several years ago when I led her College & Career group. Beautiful girl, both inside and out. Met a great guy, and in wisdom, chose a life with him. They have two beautiful children, a girl and an 18 month old boy. The email today shared much dreaded news. Their son, because of health issues was finally diagnosed with a degenerative disease. His development has regressed and his future is determined. It is unlikely that he will make it to his 5th birthday. The email went on to explain the disease, as well as more about him....his likes, his dislikes...cuddling, giggling, etc. He is her baby. Her son.
And unlike the Israelites, who repeated to fail......when reading between the lines of this letter, no matter how painful....I read, "I trust You God, I trust You."

As I sat there staring at my computer screen the words echoed in my head....in this world you will have trouble...but take heart....I have overcome the world.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.   John 16:33

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