I wonder sometimes what Abraham thought of the Promised Land.
It can't have been that much different, that much better than home. I don't think you ever catch Abraham waxing poetic about the size of the grapes and the quality of the honey. He moves around a lot ... maybe because his wealth was tied up with his flocks, maybe because nothing felt comfortable ... the way you never really settle into a bicycle seat.
This is the Promised Land?
What if the Promised Land was only "better" because it was promised? What if it was, in all other ways, a normal land, a land with difficulty and hardship and pain? I wonder what this would mean for me.
When God calls me somewhere, I approach the new place with either Jonah-like dread or puppy-like anticipation. I wag my tail and bark and yip and then am surprised when no one wants to feed me or take me on a walk.
I don't expect there to be difficulty in the promised land.
But difficulty doesn't remove the promise.
Who do you know that needs to be reminded of that?