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God Always Has a Well...


I’ve always been intrigued by a verse in the life of Moses--Exodus 2:12. "Glancing this way and that, he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand."

We can only speculate as to why Moses the Prince, became Moses the murderer. Most say it was just a fit of rage. But perhaps he was trying to start a rebellion among the Jews against the Egyptians. In other words, maybe he was trying to start his own version of the Exodus.

Whatever the reason, it failed miserably. In fact, in just a few days he was a fugitive, running for his life. The Bible says "He fled into the land of Midian," which was nothing more than a desert...which is where we usually end up when we do things our way instead of God's way. It's a desolate place, a lonely place and, in many ways, a tragic place.

But here's what I've learned: God doesn't waste our jaunts into the desert. He goes with us, even on the detours. In fact, Desert 101 can become the best learning environment in the world; much better than a place of peace or prosperity. In the desert we learn to crucify our will and follow His. In the desert...we learn to grow.

After Moses fled to the desert, the Bible adds, “...and he sat down by a well.” Even in the most desolate places, God always provides a well.

Several years ago, a friend of mine phoned in great despair and said, “Gary, my teenage son was diagnosed with Diabetes this week...the worst kind. He went from being a normal kid two weeks ago, to being totally insulin-dependent today. He has to give himself shots every day. He has to prick his finger three times a day to check his blood sugar. His mother and I are just devastated.”

Sometime later I took him to lunch and we talked about it and prayed together. He then told me about that first shot his son gave himself in the hospital. He said, "A male nurse came into the room and said, “Sir, you don't know me, but I heard about your son's diabetes. I'm thirty-nine years old, and I'm diabetic too. I was just 13 when I was diagnosed. A man I'd never met before came to my room that day and guided my hand as I gave myself that first shot." He said, "This may be unusual, but....could I do that for your son?”

Friend, God always has a well.

A week later, his boy returned to school. On his first day back he was eating crackers for a mid-morning snack, and a female classmate came over and asked, "Why are you eating those crackers?"

"My doctor has me on a special diet," he replied.

She said, "Can I ask you a question?"

"Yes."

"Are you diabetic?

"Yes."

"Well, let's keep this between us," she said, "I’m diabetic too."

Friend, God always has a well.

Another week passed and the young man came to his father just before bedtime on a Saturday night. He said, “Dad, I think I figured out why God may have let me have this disease?" His dad said, "Why son?" And he said, "So that maybe someday I can grow up and find a cure."

Friend, God always has a well.

Are you in a desert these days? May I encourage you: be patient...keep moving...don't give up. Somehow, someway, you’ll find a well. It will be deep and fresh. It will quench your thirst, refresh your soul, and give you hope again. Friend, God has a well...for you.

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