Wrapping up Numbers by Looking Back
Last week I was in Chicago. I drove 5 hours, 283 miles, one way in a truck that was less than 50 degrees because of no heat, all so that I could see the best man from my wedding 6 years ago, who has been one of my best friends for the past 10 years.
See, for the past 6 years, he has lived in Honduras, serving as a missionary. His assignment has changed over the course of that time, now serving the mentally and emotionally special need individuals of Honduras (for more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/walkbyfaithmission/).
The evolution of our friendship, ministries, and life stages remind me of the book of Numbers. Oh, how good it would be if we could just go back to Jordan Hall room 308 at OCU and stay up watching senseless films like we did 10 years ago. Oh, how great it would be to go on that first trip to Honduras again like we did in 2010. Oh, how I remember with such clarity his commissioning service, held in Muhlenberg County Kentucky in 2012. Oh, how I am so thankful he has recovered from the medical emergency that brought him stateside in the summer of 2014.
Numbers are important. They remind us where we have been. They help us ponder where we are going because, by looking at the past, we remember how God has brought us through tough times.
I hope this series has allowed you to see the importance of the book of Numbers. I hope you can now see it is important to look back, not so you can say, “Dang, I wish I could be lazy and in college again.” But instead, you can say, “Dang, that foundational time in college built relationships that helped me through the darkest nights of the soul.” That was what the Israelites missed (one of the things). They were too busy looking back at college, wanting to go back, instead of looking back at college thankful for the experiences and grateful to be in a different stage of life. I realize I just compared my alma mater, OCU, to Egypt. It is Egypt, not in the “slavery/awful” way but in the “every time has its season” way. Without OCU, I am not where I am…in any aspect of my life. I encourage you to look back to remember God’s provision, not to wish to go back.