Show Me My Tree
One of the greatest stories of a detour that we find in the bible is the occasion when the children of Israel left Egypt on the way to the Promised Land. It should have been an easy and a joyous transition. Their prayers had been answered. The children of Israel were departing from a 400 year slavery and going to a promised land. They were on the way to a land filled with milk and honey.
The distance from Egypt to Israel is approximately 250 miles. The travel time is about a 21/2 hour trip by car or a 30 minute trip by plane. But since they were walking and traveling by foot it should have taken them 2 to 3 months. However, because of an unexpected detour it took them 40 years to reach their intended destination.
Although things didn’t go as they planned it should have still been an awesome experience. God gave them proof that He was with them He had not left them or forsaken them. As they traveled God kept reaffirming that He was with them. He gave them a cloud by day and a fire by night to direct their path. All they had to do was look up and they would see that the presence of God was with them. He kept saying I am here everything is going to be alright
Instead of trusting God the Israelites believed that the detour had taken away their promise. The possibility of going back to Egypt no longer existed and it seemed that their future was uncertain. They were in a parched desert instead of in a Land of Milk and Honey. They lost hope, they didn’t trust God.
To complicate the situation after three days of travel they found water but it was bitter and unfit to drink. Although Moses did not have the answer when they encountered bitter water and couldn’t relieve their thirst he knew that God had the answer so he looked up and called on God. When Moses called on God he was shown what he needed was already there. In the parched and dried desert was Moses’ answer. God directed him to a tree. When Moses put the tree in the water the water became sweet.
What should we do when our life takes a detour? Don’t lose hope or become discouraged call on God and ask Him for help. Just look up like Moses, pray and give your situation to God. Ask Him to show you your own answer or simply say Lord please do for me what you did for Moses….Show me my tree.
By Dr. Olivia T. Hines