I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.
Jess was my best friend, she was (and is ever increasingly) beautiful, and she was my co-adventurer, ready to pursue the call of God.
But there was still so much of her to be discovered. Each season brought with it an opportunity for me to discover something previously unknown about her.
When I saw her draw deep within for the strength to give birth to our three kids (especially Winter who was born in the passenger seat of our car!), I discovered a courageous love that compels her to sacrificially serve and raise our kids.
And when it could have been easier to hold onto our savings (which represented a home and future security) and remain in the city we had grow to love, Jess made the boldest faith step of her life to move (again) to the other side of the continent to plant a church. I discovered something previously unknown about Jess that only this challenge revealed.
The Israelites were also faced with their own challenge of hunger. After going without food for three days they cried out to God in desperation. But rather than being deserted by Him, God allowed the famine to fill them with something that would keep them satisfied for life:
‘Yes, [God] humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord’ – Deuteronomy 8:3 (NLT)
God allowed the Israelites to go through a moment of pain and discomfort to reveal something about Himself that was previously unknown. A moment of famine would leave them with something far more satisfying than a full stomach. They discovered that it wasn’t food that sustained them, but God Himself and His faithfulness to the promise of His Word.
In the same way, God will allow us to go through moments of famine in order to reveal something about Himself previously unknown. If you are facing your own ‘famine’, then take courage, because rather than being deserted by God, He is preparing something that will fill and leave you satisfied for life!