As a teenager, I was befriended by an older woman named Ruby. She had become a Christian late in life and had come out of a difficult, hurtful background. As we sat talking one afternoon, Ruby laughed and said that when she became a Christian, she had to learn to do everything all over again. She prayed before starting any new task and asked the Lord how he wanted her to do it – even hanging up socks on the wash line!
The Lord took Ruby through a wilderness experience where she had to let go of everything she thought she knew in order to heal from her hurtful past and to learn how to trust him, even in the smallest things like hanging up socks. Each time she asked, he responded to her, giving her affirmations and encouragement to do those tasks. Over time, she learned to trust his presence and his still, small voice so that when bigger things happened, she knew it was the Lord with her, directing her steps.
Ruby’s experience mirrors that of the Israelites coming out of slavery in Egypt. Four hundred years of slavery had beaten them down so much that they had to go back to the very basics – learning how to trust and obey the Lord in the little every day things like gathering manna for their daily bread – and doing it HIS way. It took that daily reinforcement and affirmation to help them know in the core of their being that God was with them, and to help them know and trust his voice.
The older generation didn’t “get it.” Though they had daily provision, daily presence, daily protection, they were never really able to overcome the deeply instilled fear from their bondage. However, many in the younger generation did learn to trust the manna and the God who provided it. They were the ones allowed to enter and conquer the Promised Land.
When we are hurt deeply, our ability to trust is damaged. Though we don’t deserve the Lord’s daily ministrations, we definitely need them to heal our trust and grow up in our faith; to conquer the giants along the rest of the journey. Have you experienced the daily unconditional love and guidance of the Lord like this? I’d love to hear from you today. Please leave a message in the comments below to share your story.