Amplified Bible (AMP)
1ALL THE commandments which I command you this day you shall be watchful to do, that you may live and multiply and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers.
2And you shall [earnestly] remember all the way which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and to prove you, to know what was in your [mind and] heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
3And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you recognize and personally know that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
4Your clothing did not become old upon you nor did your feet swell these forty years.
5Know also in your [minds and] hearts that, as a man disciplines and instructs his son, so the Lord your God disciplines and instructs you.
6So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and [reverently] fear Him.
As I read this scripture over this morning, I am struck by verse 2, “remember all the way which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the wilderness. . .”
I have been a Christian since my teenage years. I am now 57 years old. I start reflecting on the fact that I have been following God 40 years plus. I start thinking how Moses spent 40 years as a shepherd before God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. I sense change coming in my life, and I wonder aloud to God if my own “40 years” of preparation or wilderness wandering is coming to an end. I wonder if He is leading me to a new commitment, a new ministry, a new SOMETHING.
I don’t mean to imply that I have been wandering around in sin for the last 40 years. But the wilderness experience seems to be a time of learning and instruction, so I wonder if a period of instruction is ending and a time of new beginnings is ahead.
My questions to God are, “What land do you want me to possess?” and “Have I been in a wilderness; what does that mean?” Here are the truths I gleaned.
Start to remember. I made a list of all the ways that I can look back and see God in my life from the time of my childhood. Just jotting quickly, my list held 20 things, significant things that have led me where I am today. Many of those things seem mundane, routine. Don’t we often feel that we are just going through the motions? Don’t we often wonder if we are really making an impact for God? Don’t we wonder if all the varied experiences of our lives add up to anything significant in the Kingdom? God showed me that He leads us through this wilderness, or earthly journey, if you will. Remember, this is not our home. He is preparing us. Remember today all the things He has done and is doing to prepare you. And be reminded that the seemingly mundane routine of your everyday life is God’s handiwork preparing you.
God reminded me of a metaphor. I share it with you today and hope you find encouragement.
Despite the mundane routines that appear to be our daily lives, these routines are merely the threads. The Master Weaver weaves those threads into a beautiful masterpiece that is our lives. We only see the tapestry from this side. It has all the loose threads, knots, and tangles that can occur through the process of weaving.
But God sees the other side—the masterpiece, the beautiful picture our lives are becoming. We won’t see the finished product until we get to glory.
We have to suffer and grow through the process. Somestime it hurts when those loose threads are cut off , when the knots tied, and the tangles pulled out and rewoven. When it is time for a change of color or pattern, new threads must come along side the old threads and be tied in.
But it is all God’s design and plan for HIS Masterpiece, His Bride, His Church, each of our tapestries woven together in wholeness. When God weaves us together, that can also cause discomfort. Perhaps some stretching or blocking is needed so we line up and fit. We must be stitched together, tightly woven with the cords of God’s love, but it is part of the pattern. We don’t see the finished product. We see the process, the underside.
But even the underside is a masterpiece that gives us a glimpse of the beauty to be revealed. If we quit looking at the knots and tangles of our lives and step back to get some distance and perspective–if we reflect, contemplate, stand and gaze–we may see a hint, a foretaste, of the work He is doing in and among us. Then those mundane, routine stitches that God takes in our lives every day will be revealed as a beautiful and colorful pattern He is weaving. If you stand back, you will see the pattern.
So embrace the mundane, the routine. Thank God that He is the Weaver. And someday, when we get to Heaven, we’ll see the intricate, rich, and divinely unique pattern represented by each of our lives, as well as the whole tapestry where all those different and unique weavings blend into a harmonious whole that is holy beautiful—a true reflection of the Glory of the Lord.
Until next time…