I did it! I finally got into the lake and swam. I’ve been waiting all summer long for this moment. Have you ever waited a long time for something and it finally unfolded right before your very eyes? I know I have and the wait has always been well worth it. But, there have also been times where I’ve waited and waited and waited for something that never came to be. Have you ever been there? Have you ever doubted the wait?
The Israelites waited 40 years for the Promise Land. They found fault in everything that Moses was relaying to them from God. “Why did we come out into this desert country? We will be killed and our children captured. We should have stayed in Egypt.” “Let’s go back to Egypt.” Have you ever felt so confused about the wait that you just wanted to turn back?
While wandering, the Israelites soon began to complain about their hardships. (Numbers 11:1) They complained about the food because it was not meat to eat. They compared their circumstance to when they lived in Egypt and had all of the fish they wanted to eat at no cost. They wanted more than mana. They grumbled and didn’t want to wait for the Promise Land.
In chapter 14 God instructed Moses to tell them that in the desert their bodies will fall, every one of them twenty years old or more…who has grumbled against Him. What did the Israelites do? They decided to enter the land anyway (14:41-42). They ended up being tackled and beaten by the Amalekites and Canaanites just as God had said. They didn’t wait on God.
If we decide to take matters into our own hands before God gives us the go ahead, we will probably suffer the consequences. The new Testament tells us that “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).
If you are having to continue to wait, how are you handling your wilderness? Don’t turn back when the road ahead looks too long and difficult. Waiting with faith will prevail. Humble yourself before the Lord, seek His direction and stay the course.
Today, my second day to swim in the fresh clear pond, I ventured out pretty far from the dock. I floated on my back and looked up at the sky. Magnificent! I was startled though when about 30 feet from me a loon popped up. I was startled at first but then watched as It began to sing it’s beautiful call. When it spotted me, It dashed back under not to be seen again. I waited for this moment to swim and I was hugely blessed.