And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us ~ Exodus 32:1a
All too often I’ve felt an affinity towards the Israelites wandering in the desert, not because they are an image of what we should emulate in our Christians faith, but because my heart wanders and gets lost when I perceive things as not working out as I would like. In my head, I have a very specific timeline of how things should happen and when they don’t I panic, and I wonder what is going on, why things aren’t working out how I think they should.
As faithful Christians we are called time and time again to trust and believe, to trust that God’s provision will be sufficient to sustain us through the valley of darkness, through the trials we face, and that in the end, he will lead us to green pastures. God alone is our source of life. He is a good and generous God, and he acts not in our timing, but in his own time, which is the best time for our souls.
It may be that we are just learning to wait and trust, or it may be that we have been at this awhile. The temptation to be like the Israelites in the desert, growing despondent at the slightest change of wind will from time to time, but take heart, dear friends, Trust God always and do not grow weary.