Have you ever been in a season of life where you feel as if you’re wandering around aimlessly? You may be asking, “What am I doing with my life? What’s my next step? How long will I have to struggle with ____? God, when will you come through?” We all go through seasons of what seems like an unknown desert wasteland where we are thirsty for understanding, shaking with fear of the unknown, and aching for comfort and stability.
In these seasons of wandering, it’s easy to throw up our hands in defeat, shake our fists at a God who seems silent, or turn to something (or someone) who is able to temporarily satisfy our desires. Like all things of the human experience, we are not the first to walk through valleys such as these. There are many who have wandered, lost their way, and struggled through trials until they finally reached their destination. And we can learn from them. We can look at how they handled a season of wandering and take away lessons of our own learned from their “wilderness”.
I love what Edmund Burke says,
“Those who don’t know history are bound to repeat it.”
The journey of the Israelites is one of my absolute favorite stories to study because it is rich with wisdom. They screwed up. They doubted God. They freaked out to the point of paralysis. But even in the midst of their own imperfection, they saw God part waters, work miracles, deliver them from strong armies, and lead them through miles and miles of desert.
These are the kind of stories I want to learn from because these people are a lot like me.
Through the month of November, we’ll be extracting stories and lessons these Israelites had to learn in their 40 YEAR season of wandering (holy cow that’s a long time.) By studying their journey, we can learn from their mistakes, their victories, their struggles and take those lessons into our own seasons. Instead of repeating their mistakes, we can learn from them, and in turn, wander well.
Stay tuned for the next four weeks as we learn lessons from imperfect people struggling in the same ways that we are.