“Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah. So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” Then he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet… Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water and seventy date palms, and they camped there beside the waters.”
They came to Marah, they place of the bitter waters. They had already been lost in the wilderness and now they were at a place where the waters were bitter and they couldn’t get anything to drink.
Can things get any worse? They were lost, thirsty, angry, confused.
What to do?
They could’ve turned back. Given up. but they trusted their leader and their leader trusted God.
And God showed their leader that that he could trust in the tree.
We can all trust in the tree.
That tree points to another tree.
A tree that removes the bitterness of our sin by the sweetness of his grace. The tree proves that what is broken can bring healing. No matter what our brokenness, lostness, confusion or disappointment, no matter how bitter life can be at times, trusting in the tree can bring sweetness to those bitter waters.
Those bitter waters will be made sweet.
And then you can move on. Move on to Elim where there is rest under the palm trees for your tired bodies, and refreshing from the wells for your thirsty souls.