Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Remember

There was a time I rather looked down my nose at those incredibly foolish Children of Israel. Their repeated failure to be thankful, obedient or even a little trusting just made me shake my head in superior disbelief. The older I get, however, the more grace I am willing to extend to these people who I increasingly realize were just like me.

I thought about them just the other day. Do you remember the beginning of the story, when they were living as slaves in Egypt and crying out to the Lord for deliverance? It seemed that their prayers had gone unanswered but God was working on a plan. One day, in the hot,dusty desert, He revealed that plan to Moses:

"And the Lord said, 'I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a land flowing with milk and honey..."
Exodus 3:7,8


The Lord kept that promise. Miracle after miracle so great the human mind can hardly fathom them unfolded before their eyes. They were delivered from slavery and brought to the Promised Land.

They stood on the brink of all they had prayed for and so much more, and this was their response:

"And all the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, 'Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! And why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt.'"
Exodus 14:2,3

WHAT??!! Better to return to Egypt? Did they expect the Egyptians to welcome them back with open arms? Did they remember what their lives had been like in Egypt?

We can't be blamed for shaking our heads over that one. However, as I was walking the other day a little glimmer of understanding broke through. It was a cold, cloudy day - threatening rain. It had been rainy for several days, and I was missing the sunshine. It was on the tip of my tongue to complain about the weather when my mind raced back to the summer.

We lived through a record breaking drought this past summer. Everything was brown and dry; the lakes and rivers were shrinking daily. Every morning we woke to a cloudless sky and brilliant sunshine. I prayed fervently for rain. It was almost a physical ache. At the time I vowed that I would never, ever complain about rain again. How could I have forgotten so quickly?

I want to learn the lessons it seemed to take the Children of Israel forever to learn. I want to remember all that the Father has done for me and to be thankful. I want to remember that He has a good plan for my life and to trust Him. I want to remember how much He loves me - that He hears and answers prayer even when it seems that heaven is silent. I want to remember what it was like without Him and the priceless gifts He has poured into my life.

I want to remember, always.

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Blessings,
Linda

14 comments:

Sandy said...

That's it, isn't it? To remember what life was
like without Him. Then we certainly have no
reason to complain. He is all. He is everything.
How I love the Lord!
Thanks for such a thought-provoking post again,
Linda.
The Lord bless you!
Sandy

Heather said...

Linda, you snagged me from the very first line! Oh, how I can relate to those Israelites... and the summer rain (or lack thereof)... oh, don't get me started! And yet, this very winter, amidst the more-than-abundant snows, how many times have I practically shaken my fists at the Lord for my frustration over the never-ending precipitation. And yet that moisture, soaking down to tree roots deep, is excatly what I cried for less than 8 months ago...

Linda, it just amazes me-- every post you write, every struggle you share, every single one reaches me right where I am. Thank you for sharing so beautifully and so generously! You are not walking this road alone... this sinner-saved-by-grace is walking beside you (though thousands of miles away :) and is ever-so-thankful for you and your ministry here!

Have a blessed, blessed night :)

Maria said...

Hi Linda ~ You have such an encouraging spirit~
I thank you ♥

I also want to thank you for stopping back to answer my question. I was so curious about it.
~Have a wonderful weekend~
Maria

Maxine said...

Oh yes, Linda. That is surely the way it with us; we are quite like the children of Israel. How quickly we forget is so true. I have to say, though that I'm finding it hard not to grumble as we await yet another major snowstorm here in the northeast. Looking forward to the flowers, but not the hot summer.

Sharlyn Guthrie said...

It is such a good reminder that God is aware of our afflictions. I often pray as though He's looking the other way. Encouraging post!

christy rose said...

I do not want to have wilderness mentality either. I want to remember and believe. :)

Teena said...

I want to remember and believe....

it has been a difficult week but today the Lord gave me this scripture

when you pass through the waters, I wil be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. Isaiah 43:2

I really need it.

He is faithful...

Hugs,
Teena

Loretta said...

Thank you again, dear Linda, for another post that hits close to home. :) You are such an inspiration to me.

Hugs,
Loretta

Anonymous said...

Yes, I want to have that type of memory-one in which His love and faithfulness is ever present. One day, we'll be rid of these fallen natures and then we'll have perfect hearts of love and devotion. Until then, we press on.
By the way, it's raining here in New England too, and we are to have many more cloudy, precipitous days. Thank you for the reminder to give thanks, whatever the weather!

Blessings to you!

PEA said...

It's often too easy for us to forget to be thankful and instead we complain. Thank you for the reminder to be thankful for EVERYTHING that God gives us:) xoxo

Prairie Chick said...

Mmmm... truth is sweet, even when it's a bitter pill to swallow! Was thinking of you today and glad to see you had posted when I got a chance to get online tonight. Much love to you dear one.

eph2810 said...

What a powerful post, Linda. Actually my German devotional takes me through Exodus right now...Yes, His people grumbled, and I know do too. Yet He is faithful to us...sometimes we just need to be patient :)

Thank you for sharing from your heart...may I never forget His faithfulness.

May said...

I stopped by your blog. I simply love it. Sometimes we seems to forget the many gifts we recieve from God. He might not come when we call, but he is always on time. God bless.

emily wierenga said...

yes... even when heaven is silent. yes. love you.