Ye Have Dwelt Long Enough. . .
Long enough is so different to each individual circumstance and person. Some children can sit in a time out and it will have its desire effect. It will be different from child to child and from offense to offense. Some children sit quietly and wait for the “bing” of the timer and the release words, “You can get up now.” Some children will ask once every minute if their time is up, and strict parents will say, “If you ask that one more time, I will reset the timer.”
God told Moses in Deuteronomy 1:6, “Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount. . .” and their forty years of wandering punishment were expired. It wasn’t forty minutes, forty days, forty months, but forty years! When the time was done, God allowed Moses to prepare them for what lay ahead. Thirty-four chapters later, Moses was removed, and Joshua fearlessly led them across the Jordan River.
What is it that you are longing to end? Is it an illness? Is it the last payment on the house? Is it the remodeling project that has taken twice as long as you anticipated? Is it the care of an aging loved one that is wearing you down and you wonder when it will stop? Acute things are much easier to bear than a chronic problem.
Once when I was under the pressure of changing something, a sweet friend sent me a thinking-of-you card that showed a cat hanging tremulously at the end of a rope with a knot at the end. The message read, “Hang in there, this too will come to pass.” It did. I have never forgotten the kind, encouraging words or the friend who sent them.
Hills, valleys, curves, and straight roads—it will all come to a place when God says, “You have dwelt long enough on this mountain. . .”
With staff in hand, walk beside your Shepherd’s presence. He knows the best time to change direction.