Focusing on the Rearview Mirror

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Israelites said to Moses and Aaron, ‘If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’”

The Israelites were hungry. They were so hungry that they wished they still were in Egypt where at least their stomachs were full.  What hunger has surfaced for you in the midst of a wilderness experience. Have you hungered for the known, even if it wasn’t ideal?  Have you hungered to return to the past, even though you know you can’t? In the midst of the wilderness our focus is often on the review mirror rather than the front wind shield. What is behind us looks more promising or at least more reassuring then where we find ourselves, for we can recount how our stomachs were at least full. Yet, if we don’t look forward, we are bound to crash. As wilderness survivalists say one has to stop, think, observe and plan (STOP) in order to survive the wilderness. Focusing on the rear view mirror ensures your demise. In the wilderness, how might we stay focused on where we are and how God maybe guiding us into the future?


God of the wilderness, I often focus on what was, believing that anything is better than where I am. Yet, even the wilderness has something to teach me.  Give me the courage to trust in your provision, as I learn ever more fully to walk in your ways. Amen.


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