I have a devotional book that I enjoy reading from, "Streams in the Desert". I wanted to share with you a small part of today's entry:
This way of thine - this, it may be, a crooked, mysterious, tangled way - this way of trial and tears. "He knoweth it". The furnace seven times heated, He lighted it. There is an almighty Guide knowing and directing our footsteps, whether it be to the bitter Marah pool, or to the joy and refreshment of Elim.
That way, dark to the Egyptians, has its pillar of cloud and fire for His own Israel. The furnace is hot; but not only can we trust the hand that kindles it, but we have the assurance that the fires are lighted not to consume, but to refine, and that when the refining process is completed (no sooner - no later) He brings His people forth as gold.
When they think Him least near, He is often the nearest. "When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knowest my path....."
Isn't God so good to us? He knows exactly what we are going through today....and He is with us every step of the way!