“…and He led them through the deep as through a desert.” Psalm 106:9
I suppose you could call this phase I’m in a desert season. It has been a long journey of waiting and being blind to what is ahead. It is a time of not belonging having been moved from one home yet not given another to call my own. I exist and am carried, but not allowed to grow roots. Yes, I guess I would call it a desert season too.
But in this season, the Giver of Life has been the leader and watching over me. He knows where He is taking me. At times I have felt like an Israelite being led out of a country and all I can visibly see is an enemy, that is…lies, chasing me. The Guide has led me to areas where I don’t see how I can pass, and that is when He has parted “the Sea” and asked me to step into the deep.
The pages of His Word I hold in my hands part and my eyes fall on truth, and this is the walk in “The Deep”. I read, “Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” (Proverbs 3:5), and I drink it down hard and take a step. I look up and see the Lord’s arm above me raised to keep my path clear…..and I walk on. Page after page, step after step, tells me how much He loves me and how He is holding all. The stories of the ones He led before me are rich and adventurous and declare His character, power, might, beauty, and glory. Isn’t God the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow? (Hebrews 13:8) I walk further into the deep with Him, the Spirit testifying to the truth, and I know I want the same kind of story as heroes of faith (Hebrews 11) before me. The Lord is worthy, and I want to see His glory.
In the deep the ground I walk still feels like desert, but I have seen walls of life and treasures I might not have grasped otherwise. The deep, His rich Word, washes over my enemies destroying all lies yet keeps my path clear, and I breathe life. His Word is once again a miracle to me.
Am I in a desert? I suppose. But I’m living walking in the deep and will reach the other side of this season not parched but full to give all glory and praise to the One who leads.
I know this. I can feel it already!
See how I love your precepts;
preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love.
160 All your words are true;
all your righteous laws are eternal. Psalm 119: 159-160
Who among the gods is like you, Lord?
Who is like you— majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory, working wonders? Exodus 15:11
(The Song of Moses of Miriam)
He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
he led them through the depths as through a desert.
10 He saved them from the hand of the foe;
from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.
11 The waters covered their adversaries;
not one of them survived.
12 Then they believed his promises
and sang his praise. Psalm 106:9-12