One of the gifts of living for a while is the ability to look back on my life and simply observe how God has been present with me. As I look, with the perspective of hindsight, I see the truth of this verse in my life. The truth that I have never been alone, that the hand of God has held me fast and led me, even when I was unware and maybe not even cooperating. I can see I have been led out of the land of poor decisions, and even though I may have experienced bruises and scars along the way, the mercy and love of the Divine continues to always draw me toward healing and wholeness. I have been led out of the house of slavery of shame, disappointment, hurt and striving by the loving compassion of Jesus. And I see that this leading continues as I journey – that the Divine is continually in the process of bringing me to that place of wholeness, healing and holiness.
We each have our “house of slavery” from which we need to be freed. We each wander in our own desolate “Egypt” from time to time. May our eyes be opened to see the loving hand of God at work in our lives and may our hearts be filled with praises and awe and wonder in the presence of such a great love!
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, 8a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing. (Deuteronomy 8:7-9)