Recently I went to my office for a day of Bible study and meetings. Over the last few days I’ve been a bit troubled.... actually I've felt like Moses and the Israelites approaching the Red Sea. My journey of faith and stepping out to Follow Jesus has brought me to a place what appeared to be dead end. I found myself standing at a sea of what appeared to be impassable circumstances and my mind began shifting through endless ways I could get around… could I swim across? Build a boat? Fly over? Waves of frustration, fear and even regret began to wash over me as I stood on the beach. I hate it when I second guess myself... but when we rely on our own resources and abilities that is what happens isn't it? God leads us somewhere and instead of trusting him to continuing leading we take over and try to stay in this new place in our own power instead of resting and continuing to trust.
This was my Red Sea Moment. Like the Israelites I grumbled at God, "was it because there were no graves in Egypt you brought us here to die?" (Exodus 14) Hey, I never said my journey of faith was pretty! I struggle to Believe with a capital B) at times. Why, because I'm human, flawed, and oh so ready to take back control of my life at the first sign of trouble, discomfort, and uncertainty.
Have you ever been there? Have you ever found yourself joyfully following the Lord only to find yourself smack dab in the middle of the enemy in pursuit and a sea of impassable size in front of you? Feels overwhelming doesn't it?
I think the Lord enjoys those moments. Why? Because it is the opportunity for him to show his great love toward me through the execution of his plan for me. He loves to show up and do mighty things on our behalf. They may not look like a parting of the Red Sea but they will be no less miraculous. I'm trying to learn as I stand at the edge of the sea to stand not in fear but in faith.
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”
What seemed like a complete stop of forward progression was actually just a pause as God worked behind the scenes in Pharaoh's heart so that the Lords children would NEVER have to be concerned with him or his evil ways again. There was a greater plan at work than what they could see while at the Sea's edge.
Friday the Lord reminded me HE parts seas not me. My role is to stand in faith and be patient in the waiting, open to opportunities and not locked in expectations. So no matter the challenge that presents itself in life be assured of this, He IS at work. And he will provide you a way through that will reveal his greatness as Lord over every circumstance - from little puddle to vast sea.
Praying in the waiting... Your Kingdom come, our Will be done.