Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, saying:
“This is what your brother Israel says: You know about all the hardships that have come on us. Our ancestors went down into Egypt, and we lived there many years. The Egyptians mistreated us and our ancestors, but when we cried out to the Lord, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt.
“Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory. Please let us pass through your country. We will not go through any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway and not turn to the right or to the left until we have passed through your territory.”
What territory do you need to pass through? Are you living on the “edge” of something?
I friend and I took a hike yesterday at a park where we have been multiple times before. I have come to this exact spot through all four seasons and in various types of weather; it is beautiful. Yesterday when we came up over the ridge and were excited to see the vista, we were surprised and thrilled to see that someone had put Christmas ornaments on this little pine tree which is vying for life on the edge of the cliff; a little unexpected surprise upon our journey.
The interesting thing about yesterday’s journey is that my friend and got lost about 20 minutes after seeing this glorious sight. We got a little too full of ourselves and tried a trail that neither of us had ever been on before, in a far section of the park that we had not been. Yep, lost, going in circles and my cell phone decided to die on me at that juncture in time. Let the good times roll!
What is my point in all of this? This IS the Christian life; life on the edge, passing through unfamiliar territory and at times, hostile territory. We all too often depend upon known means for safety; i.e. cell phone. We come through an “Egypt” experience and think, “It has to be all smooth sailing after this!” And along the way we are given beautiful, unexpected blessings and gifts to lighten our spirits and put a spring in our step. Then somehow we step off of the “King’s Highway”; sometimes through no intentional thought or action of our own and sometimes we get a little too big for our britches and think we can try a little on our own.
Obviously we made it out. “How?”, you ask. Great question! We had a MAP! Old map, outdated map……but still a map. On the map were large landmarks. The landmark that put us back in the right direction was a creek; a stream of life…… Oh! “The Water of Life”, you say. Absolutely right!!!! With the Bible, our map for life, and the Lord, our living water, we will always find the right direction. Once we figured out which way we needed to go it still was a good long trek to familiar territory, but we had direction.
So if you are living in “Egypt” right now, God will free you if you ask. If you are traveling through a “foreign” land right now, God will make a way for you, just stay on the “King’s Highway.” Enjoy the blessings along the way. AND if you get too big for your bitches and wonder off, look for the “signs” of our Living God and consult the “Map.”
Going hiking again tomorrow BUT this time we are going with my friend who knows the park like the back of her hand! Always take God along, He built this world…..He knows it like the back of His hand.
Let the Adventures Roll,