I’m hosting In Other Words Tuesday this week. I choose the quote we get to write about. It’s a good one or at least I think so.
Here it is:
“The spirit of complaint is born out of an unwillingness to trust God with today. Like the Israelites, it means you are spending your time looking back toward Egypt or wishing for the future, all the while missing what God is doing right now.”From: One in a Million by Priscilla Shirer
I choose this quote some time ago. But little did I realize how much I would need to be reminded of this important truth now.
The Israelites were under a yoke of slavery in Egypt and Moses was called to lead them out. They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before finally entering in to the Promised Land. During those 40 years, there was much complaining and looking back at what they left behind. I guess they forgot they were slaves, right? But the food had been good and they were bored with manna; morning, noon and night.
I was living right where I wanted to live for almost 12 years. But circumstances occurred that were beyond my control and I had to leave my 'Egypt'. I hadn't been a slave and frankly would have loved to stay for many more years.
But now I'm in the wilderness. This is not where I plan to stay and yet I don't know what the future will be. And I like to know and plan so it's frustrating to be in this situation.
The in between time can be so challenging.
How easy it is to complain and look back at what I lost.
How easy it is to dream of what may be in the future.
But I don't want to miss out on what the Lord is teaching me today.
What am I learning during my wilderness time?
- God is my strength and my source of hope.
- God is trustworthy and will never leave me nor forsake me.
- I really don't need much stuff to be happy and content.
- I have more of an understanding for others who are going through difficult circumstances.
- I'm less inclined to judge a situation, especially when I don't know all the facts.
- I have friends who love me and care for me no matter where I live.
- I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
I encourage you to take this quote and write about it on your blog. You are invited to link up here and visit others who are also participating. I love how we can each write on the same quote and yet have different thoughts about it.
Blessings and love,
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