"Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. There the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test. He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” Exodus 15: 22-26
At the time I was completing Beth Moore's study, A Woman's Heart and the day of study I was introduced through the word of God to the Jehovah-Rapha, the God Who Heals, I was experiencing my own Marah. Or, in fact, I had already drunk from the waters of Marah, those bitter waters that offered no refreshing quench. My thirst may not have been for the physicality of water but bitterness, anger, and toxicity needed cleansing. I needed someone to throw a piece of wood into the bitter water. Like Moses before, I cried out to the Lord. I waited, craving something cool and sweet and refreshing to drink. Craving peace.
And I waited.
When I feared it was too late...
Then, "Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink," - a piece of wood was thrown into the bitter water.
Those bitter waters full of anger and toxicity was made sweet. Jehovah-Rapha heals. God demonstrated His power over the most common disease from which I was suffering - bitterness. Moore writes, "Bitterness is spiritual cancer, rapidly-growing malignancy that can consume your life. After it consumes the soul, it begins to eat away at the body. It is so contagious that we can pass it to our children...no amount of distractions can treat this disease." This was me. It was a malignant cancer consuming me from the inside out.
"Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water." Exodus 15:27
On the other side of Marah came my Elim. Refreshing, abundant, sweet, overflowing waters. Jehovah-Rapha, the God Who Heals. Psalm 147:3 says God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He does. Oh, yes He does!
On the other side of Marah - peace!