I found today’s entry from Daily Quiet Time very encouraging today. I hope that it blesses you as well:
Now it is ordinarily an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by way of Mount Seir. — Deut 1:2
“Eleven days, and yet it took them forty years! How was this? Alas! we need not travel far for the answer. It is only too like ourselves. How slowly we get over the ground! What windings and turnings! How often we have to go back and travel over the same ground, again and again. We are slow travelers because we are slow learners. Our God is a faithful and wise, as well as a gracious and patient Teacher. He will not permit us to pass cursorily over our lessons. Sometimes, perhaps, we think we have mastered a lesson and we attempt to move on to another, but our wise Teacher knows better, and He sees the need of deeper ploughing. He will not have us mere theorists or smatterers; He will keep us, if need be, year after year at our scales until we learn to sing.” — C. H. M.
Source: Daily Quiet Time : March 3
I’ve reached points along this journey the past couple of years when I think I’ve learned enough lessons and I’m ready to move on. To still be facing the same set of circumstances when I feel I should be allowed to “graduate” has made me feel frustrated at times. I know I’ve said at least a couple handful of times to God, “Haven’t I learned enough?!”
But God is a good Father. God is a good God. And He knows better than I do.
I am learning to rest in this truth more and more and stay where He has me and learn what He’s teaching me. Unfortunately, I’m not much different than the Israelites and it takes quite a bit of time for me to learn these lessons He’s walking me through patiently.
This devotion today made me think of this song and I can’t remember if I shared the lyric video or not yet, so I thought I’d share that today. “Wait” is still a song that continues to minister to me. =)
Thankful for such a Good Shepherd!