The theme of our last year’s Annual Conference was “Wandering in the Wilderness,” which was based on the account of the Israelites wandering for 40 years in the wilderness on route to the Promised Land, after being freed from slavery in Egypt. When this theme was chosen, we were mindful of the decisions of the special General Conference 2019, the uncertainty of General Conference 2020, and all the implications of both.
Little did we know that 2020 would bring a very different kind of “wandering.” We are wandering – technologically, relationally, work, parenting, and our denominational issues. As I have contemplated our current wandering, I decided to physically wander as well.
As a family, we went to the Twin Falls Park near Port Wing, Wisconsin. The trail had not been cleared, so to get the Twin Falls, we wandered. We crossed the small river three times, climbed over fallen trees, and “mountain-goated” our way over boulders. There were a couple of times when I thought, and said aloud, “I don’t know if I can do this!” Yet, my kids said, “Oh, come on, Mom. We will help you!” When we made it to our destination, it was glorious - not because it was the biggest or most beautiful falls, but because the effort behind it. We did it, and it was well worth it!
As we continue to wander, we are equipped for the journey:
Scripture. God promises in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God us with you wherever you go.”
Encouragement. Just like my children reached out to help me, we can do this for one another.
Prayer. Offer up prayers of gratitude for the journey that is leading us down paths that are challenging but enriching.
May we welcome this journey through the wilderness knowing that God walks with us along the way. Amen.