The truth is that it had to be bitter. For total dependence on God. For change to happen. To be healed. To grow. To help others.
Our family has been broken, homeless and has suffered together. Through these bitter waters God has worked miracles. Our journey has revealed the true strength of family and has given us a story to share.
Israel found themselves staring at bitter waters in Exodus 15, just days after the waters were split and the Egyptian army drowned in the Red Sea. “…And the Lord showed Moses a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet (Exodus 15:25, KJV)”. God provided Moses with the solution and through his object lesson demonstrates to his people the blessings he longs to give them, if they will cling to him. Forty years later in Deuteronomy 11, a new group stands before God prepared to enter the promised land. Again, God gives his promises. This group had experienced the bitter waters resulting from the lack of obedience from their parents. It had to be this way in order for the Lord to finally grasp the hearts and beings of his children. They are prepared now to cling to their God.
I am often overwhelmed by the promise of Deuteronomy 11. My heart weeps as I read it. Israel would be a land that the Lord God himself would provide for.
“For the land, to which thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from where ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs; But the land, to which ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven, A land which the Lord thy God careth for. The eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year (Deuteronomy 11:10- 12, KJV)
This was no ordinary land. They would not even have to water! It was all taken care of. Still today, God wants to take care of it all! What will it take to bring your heart to full surrender to him. Will it be bitter?
Thank you, Lord God, for calling this family and for using our pain to demonstrate that you are King and the true breath of life. May our story bring hope to many families that are fighting and struggling through each day.