Monday, April 30, 2007

The Long Way Around

My husband had his ride "pimped" last week. If you don't know what it means to have your ride "pimped", don't feel bad. This simply means to outfit your vehicle using extreme accessories. In my husband's case, he added light bars in various locations on his truck including a siren/horn. In his line of work, he needs to be able to respond to emergencies quickly, without waiting in traffic. Trust me, if you hear this horn or see these flashing lights, you would be moved to pull over! This truck has more lights than the Eiffel Tower.

Although we would like to go through certain parts of our life in fast forward, God appears to work slowly. It seems like our trials are the parts that go in slow motion. As I was studying Moses and the Exodus out of Egypt, one thing in particular stood out to me--there was a much faster way out of Egypt to the Promised Land that God had told Moses to take the Israelites to. If you've ever seen the two on a map, you would notice you can literally draw a line connecting the them. Why in the world would God have the children of Israel to wander in the wilderness for 40 years and have Moses lead them hundreds of miles in another direction? I don't know the answer, but I know God often takes us the long way around just to prove He can do miraculous things in our life. The Israelites learned how sovereign God is and how He provides for our every need. Going quickly from Egypt to the Promised Land would not have made such a lasting impression on them as to God's goodness, grace and mercy.

So is God leading you through a trial and it seems like He is taking the long way around? Listen carefully because He has something He wants you to learn.

1 comment:

glenn said...

Congrats on the AP award for your weather cast. Since you came on board after Woodie's retirement, its been a seamless transition. I wish you as long and successful career as his. Thanks Barbie for all you do.