Could you imagine what 40 years would have felt like?!?

Joshua 5:6a, “The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died,”

Good morning friends,

I saw some of you a week ago.  We had our Wednesday night programming like usual.  Chicken cacciatore was served for dinner.  The worship team played, “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.”  I even took the youth to Homer’s Ice Cream for a special treat!

Tonight will look a lot different at Winnetka Covenant Church.  A lot has happened in one week & it feels like each day brings about new information & new changes to how we are navigating the world around us.

At times in the past week, I have felt like I was wandering.  Not sure how to word emails to our youth group parents.  Not sure what questions to ask our youth when I text or call them.  Not sure what to buy personally when I grow to the grocery, because I don’t want to hoard, but also don’t want to be underprepared.

It has been draining living in all the uncertainty and unknown.  And it’s been one week.

For my devotions this morning, I read the story from the book of Numbers about the Israelites wandering for forty years. Forty years!!!  I’m twenty-nine! That means I would still have eleven more years of wandering- not knowing where I am going. I literally cannot even fathom what that would feel like.

Amidst my wandering, amidst my fears, amidst all that is going on around us, I have tried to remain grounded and rooted in a verse that I wrote on a canvas and gave as a gift to my Grandma when her husband passed away in 2007.

Joshua 1:5, “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Jesus Christ, Immanuel, God with us, is among us!  God was with Moses for forty years of wandering.  God has been with us in our wandering.  God will never leave us, nor forsake us.  May the peace of Christ be with you today, wherever you are.

By Pastor Joel

2 thoughts on “Could you imagine what 40 years would have felt like?!?

  1. Some wandering in the wilderness is perhaps a common experience for most Christians. I wonder as I wander. The hymnal always says it best for me:
    “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
    Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.”
    Sealed by God’s love, even as the virus surrounds and threatens.


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