Spiritual Survival Rule

Thursday, March 14, 2019

“The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.”

The Israelites had just experienced a miraculous escape from the Egyptian army with the parting of the Red Sea. They had danced and celebrated, but three days into the wilderness of Shur they began to complain. Moses cried out to God and God satisfied their thirst at the springs of Elim. Yet, their journey continued into the wilderness of Sin and once again the whole congregation of the Israelites complained to  Moses and Aaron because they were hungry. They people must have known the Rule of 3 for Survival: 3 minutes without air you die; 3 hours without warmth you die; 3 days without water you die; 3 weeks without food you die. Have you ever thought about a spiritual survival rule?  How long can we go without the breath of God within us? How long can we survive without the living water or the bread of life? How long can we go without the shelter of God’s wings? What might the wilderness teach us about the rhythms of our relationship with the mystery we call God?


Holy One, my physical body reminds of my need for air, water, warmth and food. Yet, I realize that I don’t listen as intently to my spiritual needs, which nurture our relationship. Attune my spirit more fully to these needs, so that you and I will walk closely together through any terrain. Amen.

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