It’s Hot in this Desert!

ImageI had a conversation, this morning, with someone who was discussing a sermon they heard yesterday, titled “Remember.”  I asked if the scripture used was Isaiah 43:18-19 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” The title and the scripture seemed to me a dichotomy, or meaning two different things, so what do we do? Forget everything in our past? No, you need to make memorials for the things that God has done for you, and talk about them to anyone who will listen! I had a luncheon for some family members to celebrate both of my parent’s birthdays. Generally these get-togethers are a time to laugh about things that happened in their youth and childhood, it’s true they are the same old stories but everyone laughs as if it’s the first time they ever heard them, but this particular day was different. I was busy, just serving the table and keeping tea glasses and coffee cups filled, so I was only listening in as they began to tell of the different miracles God had performed for them, all through their lives, this eventually led them into prayer and praising God for His goodness toward them. Malachi 3:16 “Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name.” I think they talked up a whole page in God’s book of remembrance! To remember things that drag you down will only discourage you, but thinking of the good and positive things lifts you to a new level of happy! Philippians 4:8-9 Paul advises those followers in this way:” Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies”. The only thing that can make a mistake profitable for you, is for you to learn from it so that it doesn’t happen again, and then just keep on keeping on. The first time I tried to make a cake, it was a Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I was fourteen, company was coming and I wanted to make a good impression! I had a book of old recipes, got all the ingredients and baked that cake. When I was taking it out of the pan it was too crumbly, I tasted it and my mouth puckered as if I had sucked a lemon! Instead of putting baking powder, I had used baking SODA! That never happened again, I learned my lesson and read more carefully the next time I tried anything like that! Have I made mistakes in judgment? Oh yes, been there and done that, trying to NOT do it again! I always think about how the Children of Israel rambled in the desert, going around the same mountain over and over again, why? Because they continued to be disobedient, they didn’t learn the lesson God was trying to teach them. The biggest mistake they made was to fashion the Golden Calf from the jewelry off of their own bodies and then bow down to worship it, after all of the miracles they had seen God do for them! When I find myself stuck in a situation in which I don’t want to be, I always think that I am going around the same old mountain. I don’t know about you but I am ready to get to the Promised Land and forget all about these desert experiences, I don’t like the heat! I claim that promise in Isaiah 43:19,” I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  I would rather lie down in the green pastures mentioned in Psalm 23! The old chorus says, “Come and go with me to my Father’s house.”  What are you waiting for? Come on!

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