PRESCRIPTION FOR ANXIETY
H. Edwin Young
After a few days of rest for many and turkey and
family and travel and relaxation, I think perhaps our
scripture is appropriate as we begin a new week -
filled as always, with pressure, with anxiety, with
shoving and pushing and moving and climbing and going
and all the other emotions that we find in a normal
pilgrimage of a walk down the roads and highways and
streets of this city and the streets upon which we
One verse - "And they came to Elim, where there were
12 springs of water and 70 palm trees." Did you get
the picture? Here are the children of Israel, coming
out of Egypt. Moses had divinely brought them to this
place and the wilderness of wandering. But no sooner
had they left, no sooner were the plagues over, no
sooner had they crossed the sea, no sooner had
Pharaoh's army been consumed by the waters, that they
began to complain! They began to murmur - they began
to doubt the leadership of Moses, the great Prophet,
the called-out one of God.
First they said, "We are hungry. We are not getting
enough to eat." And then they said, "We are thirsty."
And then they came to a spring, Marah, that was
bitter. It was brackish water. And they tasted of the
spring and they complained and they said, "The water
is not good, it doesn't satisfy our tastes." Moses cut
down a tree and the tree fell in the spring and
cleared up the water a little bit - gave to it a
sweeter taste, but still they began to complain. "I'm
too hot, I'm too cold, I don't like this, I don't like
that." Until finally, in the middle of this journey,
from Captivity to the Promised Land to the Wilderness
- in the middle of the heat and the stench and the
murmuring and the restlessness - you find this verse.
It's an oasis. It says, "They came to Elim and there
were 12 springs, 12 wells of water and 70 palm trees,
and they encamped there." Close, literally in the ...
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