It’s October 1.
Friends, I need to be honest about something, kind of ironically. I have to be vague about the things that are happening in my life for awhile. This is a time of uncertainty and transition.
If you pray, please add me to your list.
Over the weekend, one of our Scripture passages from the Revised Common Lectionary began to find good soil in my heart and I reflected on some things.
From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses said to them, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?’ But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?’So Moses cried out to the Lord, ‘What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.’ The Lords aid to Moses, ‘Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.’ Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarrelled and tested the Lord, saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’
What an impossible situation! Moses and the whiny Israelites were in the desert and they were thirsty. Nevermind that God had taken care of all of the other needs they had–they needed water and so what did they do? They complained to Moses about it, rather than seeking God.
But Moses knew where to go. In the middle of what probably felt overwhelming and impossible, he hit his knees and turned to the one who had called him.
And God had a very strange answer for Moses. Water would flow from a rock!
When Moses prayed to God, I know he wasn’t even considering that as a possible answer to his prayer. Who would have ever thought that a rock would be the resolution? It wasn’t even in the peripheral when it came to considering solutions to the thirsty people problem.
God leads us on the strangest paths in times of uncertainty. The answers and good gifts of God may come in ways you would never have imagined.
One other thing I cling to in light of this Scripture. As Moses prayed, God promised, “I will be standing there in front of you on the rock…” What an important reminder for Moses! When you get there, I’ll be there already. Walk confidently, Moses, because you’re headed in my direction! I won’t let you down.
I’m in search of the rock that is higher than I am. I’m praying. I’m seeking. I’m looking for God’s resolutions to come in unexpected ways, through unexpected people, in unexpected places. I’m glad to remember that whenever I arrive wherever that place is, God will be there, too.