Scripture selection: Numbers 33:2

“At the LORD’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey.”

Along with all the other things Moses did “at the LORD’S command,” Moses did one other important thing: he recorded the stages of their journey.  From slavery to freedom; from oppression to Promised Land – they traveled together under God’s leadership – and Moses recorded each stage.

There is an important spiritual lesson for us there.

We too, are to travel in stages.

The 12-step recovery programs and others like them recognize the wisdom of this.

We can’t – nor should we attempt – to do everything at once.

To grow God’s way it takes

  • Patience
  • Discernment
  • Guidance
  • Trust
  • One step at a time

So, here as we leave Moses, the people, and the book of Numbers, let’s remind ourselves growth, above all, is a process that takes time.

Stage by stage – with God’s help – it comes.

(Speaking of stages, beginning tomorrow we will begin a new book of study – this time from the New Testament.)

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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