Determining the will of God in our lives is sometimes like wandering in the desert where there are no marked roads and no signs. Even footprints are blown away with each gust of wind. Like the desert where there is neither water or food, it is a barren wasteland of sand and rock where the very things that sustain life are absent.
How then shall we know where to go and what to do? To these questions, God supplies answers in Scripture that are rich in their simplicity. Consider the wanderings of the budding nation of Israel in the wilderness after their liberation from Egypt. God led them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night; He fed them with quail and manna from heaven; and He sweetened bitter water and brought water from rocks.
For us the lesson remains unchanged, we may not know where God will lead, but like the Israelites who kept their gaze fixed upon the pillars of cloud and fire which was God's manifestation on earth, we must keep our eyes fixed on Christ and our souls in tune with the Holy Spirit. We must trust as the Israelites did on Him for our daily bread not worrying about what the next day will bring as with the lesson of the manna which spoiled and became filled with maggots if they were kept till the next morning. We must rely on Him for the Spirit to quench our troubled souls and spirits just as the Israelites were taught the lessons of faith at Marah and Elim where bitter water turned sweet and when water flowed from the rock at Horeb.
If we do these, like the people of Israel who arrived at the banks of Jordan to enter the Promised Land, we too will eventually see our destination and be filled with the sure knowledge that for us, the waters will also part.
For nearly five and a half years, I have felt like I am wandering in "the desert" as my husband and I have had our world turned upside down, inside out and shaken with one life-changing event after another. We have found ourselves crying out to God and scanning the horizon, wondering if we will ever come out of here.
At the same time...
It is here in the desert where we see the greatest evidence of God's love and care. Yes, I am wandering in the desert at the moment but I am not out there alone.