“Three-Hour Tour”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; (Numbers 11:5)

The Israelites were just a little over a year out from having been delivered from Egypt. During that time, they had seen God miraculously bring judgment on their Egyptian masters. They had seen the Red Sea part. They had seen water gushing out of a Rock in the desert. They had heard God’s voice speak from Mount Sinai. They had eaten manna in the wilderness.
Yet a year of wandering in a desert was getting old for some people. Some of the people were recalling fond memories of those days back in Egypt. They didn’t recall the difficulties of slavery, but oh how they remembered those onions and garlic. And so, they complained. Over and over again we see the Israelites grumbling, griping, and complaining. Their grumbling will result in stretching out their desert wanderings from a few weeks into forty years. It reminds me of Gilligan’s Island and that famous “three-hour tour”.
I know that some of us do not have the fondest of memories from this last year. Yet beloved, let us not forget who God is and the plans He has for us. His plans include a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11). The shortest route through this desert isn’t on the path of complaining or reminiscing. The quickest route is on the road of trusting God. Let Him know how much you appreciate His work in your life. Let’s move forward through this wilderness.