One morning, my sister Alex and I woke up and decided to walk around the area I lived in. Not too far from my place, there’s a pier to the lake. The pier so happens to be at the end of this long road. We decided to walk down that road instead of driving. I assumed that it wouldn’t be so bad since it looks pretty close when I look outside my balcony. Come to find out, the road was MUCH longer than we could have ever assumed. We did not bring any water, towels or cups of ice along with us. We were shy of half way down the road. I wanted to turn around, but my younger sister wanted the walk to be worth the while. So we kept trekking along. I asked God to dispatch hard winds in the hot atmosphere to help disregard the heat. He did just that! (Not too hard but just enough to cool us off) We finally made it to the pier after 30 minutes. Dirt completely covered my sandals and toes. My back was full of dripping, sticky sweat. We gazed at the shores of the lake and rested until we gained strength to continue our walk back.
As we headed down the long road again, we could not shake off how tired and thirsty we were. I soon felt distraught. As much as I wanted to give up and simply not continue… I knew we had no other choice. It helped knowing that God was right there with us. Finally, after two good hours, we made it back to my apartment. What kept me going was remembering how the Israelites had to make an 11 day journey from Egypt to the promise land… but ended up walking in circles for 40 years instead. I knew where our destiny was and how it would NOT take us 40 years to get there. THAT was my motivation to get back.
MOTIVATION from God is a life essential. When we’re weary, Jesus is the one who will get us through. This whole journey was surely one interesting experience. After we finished the extreme walk, I was grateful to God for giving me strength to get up the 3 flights of stairs. Alex and I decided to take a dip in the apartment pool to soothe us. Once we stepped in the cool water, it felt absolutely incredible!! To be able to soak & swim in an abundance amount of refreshing water is truly indescribable after a torturous walk as such. My goodness! It felt like a great accomplishment that he brought me to. I floated my body on the water. Facing upward at the blue sky, along with the abundant of grace in it as well. It was genuinely a beautiful sight. I could not express the words I felt. I can definitely say, I am happy it wasn’t dragged out to 40 long years down the road.I will need the Lord’s help and strength for eternity. Without his help, I am nothing.
What I know is, the younger generation of the Israelites eventually got to see the promise that God ensured them. No matter what, we must keep in mind victory is God’s!!! One who is with him will overcome many battles. God said himself that he sent them into the wilderness to humble them. As well as to prove to them to trust God with all of their hearts. The following scriptures I will list demonstrates how God observes you through your struggles.
“ 1) ALL THE commandments which I command you this day you shall be watchful to do, that you may live and multiply and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers. 2) And you shall [earnestly] remember all the way which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and to prove you, to know what was in your [mind and] heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
3) And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you recognize and personally know that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. 4) Your clothing did not become old upon you nor did your feet swell these forty years.
5) Know also in your [minds and] hearts that, as a man disciplines and instructs his son, so the Lord your God disciplines and instructs you. 6) So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and [reverently] fear Him. [Prov. 8:13.]
7) For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; 8) A land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey;
9) A land in which you shall eat food without shortage and lack nothing in it; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10)When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for all the good land which He has given you. 11) Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His precepts, and His statutes which I command you today,”
Deuteronomy 8:1-11 (AMP)
Thanks for reading!! Stay encouraged my friends. Your journey may seem long but it is better than 40 years! God has not forgotten you! Have a wonderful day. God Bless!!