Tuesday, July 6, 2010
11:29 PM | Posted by Erin
This is the view from our back porch this week.
Which explains my absence. I mean seriously...when the beach is this close to one's bed, the laptop becomes a cruel reminder of the real world.
The world where balancing checkbooks and answering phones and waking up early is the norm.
No...I am leaving that world behind this week.
I would rather make funny faces with my favorite 9-year old. (Do the funny pictures have to be so...unflattering??)
And take random pictures of our toes.
At at the end of every day...thank God for...
I have been reading Deuteronomy this week, too. This book is Moses' final words to the Israelites before they entered the promised land. He reminds them of how God saved them from Pharaoh and of the miracles that they witnessed and how God always provided for their needs. Moses knew he would not be entering Canaan with the children of Israel due to his reaction to the peoples' unbelief back in Numbers 20. Moses reviewed the 10 Commandments and the laws that God revealed to them over the years. He pleads with the people to obey God and reject idolatry.
That...in itself...is what has stood out to me through the first 8 chapters of Deuteronomy.
40 years is a long time...roughly one entire generation of people. But it is not long enough to forget the miracles that occured in order for the Israelites to be released from Pharoah. Or long enough to forget that God gave them manna to eat every day. Or that he provided water when there was none. For the most part, all of the children of Israel were there and witnessed these amazing events.
They forgot. They waivered in their trust of God. They could not stay focused.
And God still loved them.
In Chapter 4, verse 29-31, Moses says, "But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the LORD your God and obey him. For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.(NIV)"
Moses is pleading with the Israelites not to forget. He is pleading with them to love their God.
I can't help but think that this same thing is happening today. God is pleading with people. But not in a fire-and-brimstone kind of way.
I think He reminds of what He has done for us.
I think He gently says, "See. When you didn't know how you were going to pay your bills, I provided."
Or He says, "See. When you thought you were alone, I provided someone for you."
Or He says, "See. When you thought I gave up on you, I was really right there the whole time waiting for you to ask me for help."
We witness His participation in our lives all the time. And, like the children of Israel, we forget.
And though it's not Moses, He usually finds a way to remind us.
I pray that I need less and less reminders. I pray that I stay focused on what He has done for me.
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