This thought has really gotten all inside me. This “middle of nowhere”.
Each of us have felt, at some point in our life, like we were in the middle of nowhere with no sense of direction, no point of reference as to where we should go, should we stay, should we return to where we have once been, all of these legitimate questions.
The children of Israel were no different. Led out out of Egypt by a man who said God had sent him to deliver them from the awful hand of Egyptian oppression. But deliver them to where? Out into the wilderness? What kind of God would think that was a great idea? One that had a greater purpose in mind.
In the book of Nehemiah and the ninth chapter, the nineteenth verse it says, “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire to shine on the way they were to take.” NIV
From oppression to compassion, from a dire circumstance to the middle of the desert, literally the middle of nowhere.
And that is where God led them.
Odd, that God often leads us out of a terrible circumstance right into the wilderness, and that, for our own good.
In the next entry we will go a little further into this and look at verse twenty-one of chapter nineteen of Nehemiah and see how God took care of them while they were out in the desert, or the middle of nowhere, for forty years.
If you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, don’t be discouraged. You may be right where God led you.