Taking The Long Way Home


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

I've mentioned before that I am "listening" my way through the Bible with a one-year reading/listening program.  Yes, I've read through Scripture before - but I felt it was time to do it again.

To be perfectly honest, I have a difficult time with some of the first few books of the Bible.  They seem ... ummm ... boring?  

Especially the book of Numbers.  So much repetition and so many seemingly useless facts.  

When I got to Numbers 33, I saw something new.  This is the chapter where Moses recounts the journey of the Israelites and mentions camp by camp where they stopped along the way.

Out of curiosity, I went on to google to see if I could find a map that outlined their travels.  Not surprisingly, there was one.  

As I traced my finger along the way, I saw how convoluted their path was.

I know there was good reason for this.  Disobedience, grumbling, and a lot of other things led to the lengthened travel.  

What struck me this time was the simple fact that the Israelites ended up right where God wanted them.

It reminded me of my own path at times.  I'm not owing everything to disobedience and grumbling, but I'm pretty sure that some of the stops along my own path have been to help me deal with these issues.

Then, there are the ups and downs of my challenges with illness.  If one were able to trace my path on a map of some sort - I'm sure it would seem as convoluted as the Israelites!  

The Israelites wondered at times if they would ever reach the land promised to them.

I wonder at times exactly where my own path is leading.

Yet, I know something they didn't know.

Jeremiah had not yet written his words.  Words to me ... words to you.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

If this is a lost in the wilderness day (Week?  Month? Year or more?) for you, or if you are questioning just where your life events will lead you - take heart.

We may not know ...

But God does.

Be blessed today, dear readers!

God knows!

Father God, Thank you that when there seems to be nothing left to rely on, when we feel we are traveling a hopeless path, that we can rely on the fact that you do have plans for us.  Plans for a future - and a hope.  And one day?  The Promised Land of our heavenly home.  Amen and amen.


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