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Day 11 – Issue 18

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Be Still Know

Jeremiah 2:6a NLT

They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord who brought us safely out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness…?’

Selective memory challenges us all. In any relationship it’s interesting to compare the recall each party brings to any storytelling. Often this is in the context when I feel upset and want to make a point; in fact, I want to make my point!

Israel, within a month of the miracle of the Red Sea crossing, reminds Moses that for all its constraints, slavery in Egypt did at least afford a roof and food. Wilderness, exciting though the escape may have been, provided neither. Indeed, wilderness was simply a staging post ahead of entering a land of plenty as promised over many years.

It is all too easy to carry and invest in the hurt life causes us, and fail to see where such hurt fits into the context of our life’s journey. Sometimes in reaction to life’s disappointments, we reject God’s goodness and scorn the very idea of God’s provision. Certainly comfort was not high on the list of Israel’s experiences in the wilderness, but for those who could look beyond such privation, they were able to discern God at work in their discomfort. At other times my circumstances build the case for the very rejection of God. Certainly the case can be made through a selective presentation of the facts. However, again I can seek to discern God’s presence in formidable circumstances.

Always this is a matter of choice. Discernment is more of an art than a science as we seek to discover something faint and obscure within our immediate experience. Like constructing a jigsaw it requires patience, time and focus. This is taxing, especially as reality continually calls loudly and seeks to drown out all voices but its own. Somehow I need to draw back, create space, invite God to speak and then discern where God is in life’s turbulent events. Reacting always feels good and in some ways releases the immediate tension; choosing not to react is to take a moment to ask, ‘Where is the Lord?’ and so begins the process of discernment

QUESTION: Do you find it hard to see God’s presence in tough times?

PRAYER: Lord, you are always with me, and for that I give you thanks and praise.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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