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Moses Striking the Rock and Bringing Forth the Water, ©Chagall, Marc 1985, Painting

In our faith journey we may identify with the Israelites.
We might start with a clear calling.
Then move on knowing God is with us
but after a time that sense is dulled – forgoten.
We loose sight of the call,
question – doubt – complain.
Waiting for a response.
Then a response from God.
For the Israelites in Exodus 17:1-7 God’s response came as water springing from a rock to bring life in the wilderness.
After they had lost sight of why they were on that journey to the promised land.
They set off again knowing God is with them.
This will not be the last time they complain.
They will again grow anxious and fearful.
They like us will journey again
With a clear calling from God
Then move on knowing God is with us
But after time that sense is dulled – forgoten
We loose sight
Question – doubt – complain.
And wait for a response.

Exodus 17:1-7 (NRSV)
From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarrelled with Moses, and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses said to them, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?’ But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?’ So Moses cried out to the Lord, ‘What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.’ The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.’ Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarrelled and tested the Lord, saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’


Draw closer to us,
our God, Rock, and Redeemer,
for our travels have made us thirsty,
our trials have made us weary,
our tribulations have pushed us apart;
leaving us longing for the nourishment and refreshment that only you can provide.

-©Seasons of the Spirit

Water Flowing, Prayerful Colouring, ©Mark Hewitt 2017

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