There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. (Ezra 8:21)
As soon as I started praying the other day I suddenly had an amazing sense of being right there with Ezra beside the Ahava Canal, where he had set up camp in order to marshal the second group of Israelites to make the long trek back to the Promised Land. I found myself thinking of all the pioneers who had set off on their daunting treks across America along the Oregon Trail not so long ago, and which is especially dear to us after our sojourn in Oregon.
God had done a wonderful thing in fulfilling His word to raise up Cyrus to conquer the Babylonians who had conquered Jerusalem, and to make it possible for the Jews to return to their beloved city of David. But we can never afford to rest for long in what God has done; we need to be prayerful and watchful for what we need to do next. Continue reading