We’ve all heard the phrase, “the grass is greener on the other side”. What does that actually mean?
Am I not satisfied where I am; is jealousy rising up within my heart; is envy causing my eyes to see things differently?
Ever wonder if perhaps its insecurity or fear that utters these words; we are alarmed about the possibility of something different? We get in a rut and believe this is it; this must be my life!
Could it be that the grass is greener on the other side but we are just not sure how to get there?
The Bible gives us a story about a people who wanted freedom; they wanted the “greener life” but often their disposition was more like, “is the promise real; is it on the other side”; at times a heart of mistrust.
When God delivered His people out of bondage; out of a place of oppression and slavery, the Bible says he took them through the desert; actually it reads though a “vast and dreadful wilderness”, a “thirsty and waterless land”. I’d almost agree and wonder about the promise; Lord, this grass does not look greener!
God is bringing them through an awful, scary, frightening road not to leave them to die but to help them to live. He gives them water from a hard rock, makes provision for them and calls out, "trust me".
The great story that unfolds is that of a Father teaching his children how to trust him. Envy, jealousy, strife, idol worship, pride and every evil practice had to become undone.
God took them through the worst way, the road less traveled so that the people would learn to rely on him; to depend and have their faith increase if you will.
This happens to us today. When our situations seem grim or we hear ourselves saying “the grass is definitely greener on the other side”. Perhaps it is!
That should not cause an alarm in our hearts. It must cause our hearts to trust that God will see us through. What do I need to learn Lord? Did I miss you God? Teach me your ways Father.
This is an opportunity to dig deeper into the heart of the Father; to investigate His Word and search for riches that we ourselves have buried and not believed.
Take heart, He leads by His Spirit. No matter where we find ourselves we must welcome the leading of the Spirit of God; the grass is greener on the other side....just Follow the Leader!
I will Trust by Lauren Daigle