In the land of “What If”

In the land of “What If”

Emily Saxe

 It’s fun to daydream, isn’t it? Most people enjoy zoning out of reality and allowing their brains to take them to distant and, many times, random places. We daydream about the past and what we miss about childhood. We daydream about the future and what we hope to accomplish. We daydream about living in a different time and place.

Our brains seem to have a never-ending list of places to take us when we switch from focused on the present to zoned out in a daydream. Most of the time, these places are exciting and fun to think about. There are times, however, when we leave the land of daydreams and enter the land of “What If.”

Have you ever caught yourself using that phrase? Sometimes we can use it in a fun and exciting way, like, What if I scored the winning point at the last second of the game? Or, What if that guy I’ve had a crush on for the past year asks me out on a date?

The dangerous thing about the land of What If, though, is we can swiftly and easily go from innocent daydream to worry and fear.

 

The dangers of “what if”

I speak from firsthand experience. My husband and I have been married for five months, and I have spent too much of that time living in the land of What If. What if he gets into an accident? What if he dies? What if another woman approaches him romantically? What if he wakes up one morning and realizes I’m not actually the one he wants to love?

Yes, I know how ugly and dangerous this land is. It takes the people and situations God has given me and twists them into worry. Although, I can’t blame anyone but myself. I willingly enter this land and move forward in it.

I used to say it was OK to think about these things in order to prepare myself for if they happened. You know, kind of play out in my mind how I would react and what I would feel. But instead of feeling prepared, I felt terrified. I felt worried. I even felt sick to my stomach at times.

I soon realized thinking through my “what ifs” was not preparing my heart and mind for tragedy, should it strike. This dangerous land was causing me to worry. When you break down worry and everything Jesus says about it, you realize what worry truly is: sin.

Why do I often travel into the land of What If? To be honest, I’m not really sure. Maybe Satan tries to plant seeds of doubt in my mind that God is not faithful through all circumstances, good and bad. Maybe my sin nature pulls me toward thinking about things that aren’t honoring to God. Whatever the reason, it’s clear to me how dangerous and sinful it is to live this way.

Whatever is true

 When I realized my land of What If was not preparation but rather worry, I knew I needed to break the habit of traveling there immediately. Breaking habits are hard, though, because when your mind falls into a routine, you start to think you need that routine, regardless of how harmful it is.

How do you combat lies, fears and worries? Praise God He gave us His living and active word! I have found it’s nearly impossible to steer clear of the land of What If. Which is why I have memorized Philippians 4:8.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Now when I begin to worry, I think through that list of characteristics and ask myself if what I’m worrying about describes one of the traits. What if statements mixed with worry normally don’t describe a single one, so I change what I’m thinking to fit this verse instead.

Does it work every time? No, unfortunately not, because I look back at my worry even in the midst of truth. But the more I practice this, the closer I get to forgetting all about the land of What If. I am now preparing myself with truth, should the worst happen. I don’t need to think through the made-up situation of my husband dying. Instead, I need to think on God’s truth. Because that’s preparing, not worrying.

When you enter the land of What If, seek God immediately. Don’t let yourself travel too far into this dangerous place. It will take your eyes off God and help you fear things that may never happen. Instead, think on what is true, what is noble, what is right, what is pure, what is lovely, what is admirable, what is excellent and what is praiseworthy. For in these thoughts, you will find freedom from worry.

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Not In Vain

Still Single?

The modern world is full of vanities that make being in a relationship seem like the end all be all of earthly joys. From #CouplesGoals to #MCM we are constantly made to feel like not being in a relationship is almost like an illness or that there is something wrong with us. Little value or concern is even thought upon that perhaps God has something He is doing in a season of singleness.

Not everyone is called to marriage, even Paul was not, but for the remainder of this blog we will assume that God has called you into marriage as He has many of His children. Being single is not a problem, and it is certainly not a season meant to spend in vain. Eccl. 3 shares that, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” God has a purpose and a reason for each and every season-including a season of singleness. This season is meant for developing a deeper foundation in your relationship with God, without the distraction of another person. It is also a season in which to work to produce fruit.

There is a type of large horse called the Belgian Draft Horse that well trained can pull 8,000 lbs. Now, take a moment to realize how much weight that actually is! When two of these trained horses are matched together for the first time, they can pull 24,000 lbs, and after 6 weeks of training together, they can pull a massive 32,000 lbs. Together with training they can do four times what they could alone, but out of the gate they weren’t pulling that eight-thousand pounds. They required training, they required building that muscle and foundation in their craft. That is what God is doing in your season of singleness, He is training you up. Training you for that 8,000 pounds full force, mighty woman of God. So, don’t dare look at this season and think it is in vain!

This season is not meant to be in comparison with other’s journeys either. God calls different children to different paths, and just because your friend has a boyfriend and you do not does not mean that God somehow loves her more, or that you are not good enough. It just means that in His perfect timing He sees that it is better for you and your future spouse that you continue to work and trust that He is building more in you and training you right now. That training is so that you and your spouse can be each other’s best teammates in the time to come. The best and most equipped children of God serving side by side in Him with an equal yoke.

So, what can you do now in this season of waiting and singleness? So much.

First, you can pray. Prayer is the strongest gateway into a deeper relationship with God. Because of what Christ did on the cross, we can enter into prayer and sit at the throne in communication to the Almighty. You can dive into the Word and come to see more of His faithfulness and character throughout every stitch of the Scriptures. Moreover, you can submit your will to Him. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” What this means is that when you submit, delight, and allow Him to take over your heart something revolutionary happens. The Holy Spirit begins to move in you, stretch you, do heart surgery in you to bring your will into His will. He is a faithful and loving God Who wants the best for you, and in time will bring His will to pass in your life, and because of you letting Him have that control in your heart, His will and your desires align in perfect harmony. What you will come to find in this process is that God is the ultimate glory and joy of our souls, not another person, and He is worth more than anyone or anything. After that, a spouse would merely be icing on the cake. Also remember that God always rewards faithfulness and character, just not always in our timing, so don’t fret if He has you waiting.

You can produce fruit with what you are given in this time. Your life and impact matters and there is always something or someone you can have an influence on. Get involved in your church, or working with youth. Young girls especially are in desperate need of good Christian role models who will pour into them and be a mature person they can rely on. Reflecting a life of patience and trust in God will encourage those around you as well, you never know who is watching or observing and how you can have an impact on how they choose to live out their own lives. Use this time to pour into others, knowing the work you do will only plant seeds that blossom in time.

Cultivating your career or profession is important. Dreams and ambitions should be chased after, most truly if God is fueling that desire. It is not selfish or wrong for a woman to have a successful career, if God is calling you to the workforce, it is for His glory and your responsibility to carry it out well.

Something else that is vital during this time is to pray for your future spouse. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you specific aspects to pray for him. You will marry a flawed human who needs Christ just as much as you, and truly the greatest gift you can give him now is interceding in prayer for him. Pray that God deepens his relationship with Him, and molds him into a strong Christian leader. Pray God moves in him so that he will love you as Christ loves the church. Pray for his heart, mind, soul, and purity. Even write him letters or write out prayers to share with him one day that in the time leading up to your two souls connecting, he was already on your heart, in your mind, and in your prayers.

Strive to become the best woman and daughter of the King you can be, and train up to pull that 8K a day. Even on the hard days, believe He has a plan, and that plan is for His glory and your benefit. Those who trust in the Lord will not be disappointed. (Isaiah 49:23).

Dear Lord,

We praise Your Holy name this day. We pray for those reading this blog this day. We pray that in Your Spirit that mountains would be moved, eyes opened, and hearts changed. We pray that You would mold us, shape us, and abide within us making us into the mighty Proverbs 31 women you planned for us to be even before our lives began. We humbly submit our wills and desires to You, for You crafted us and know truly what is best for us and what will glorify You most. We pray humbly that You would lead us higher and deeper than we could ask for or imagine, so that we may come to know Your character and love more deeply.

We pray too for the men of this world, and for the future spouses of those reading this. We pray that You would raise them up to become strong leaders for You with hearts like David after Your own heart. We pray that they would learn to love as You do, and that the marriages You bring to pass would be like that of You and the church. We praise You, oh Lord. We praise You, and we pray that You would write love stories that would encourage those around us to trust in You, Your timing, and Your will rather than what is quickly and cheaply attained. More than anything, we pray that we come to know and glorify You most, for You are greater than anything else. We pray to know You so that we can love properly, loving You ever the more deeply as we come to love our future spouse.

 In Christ’s name,

Amen.

By: Cally Logan

Spiritual Olympics

Every 2 years top athletes from across the world come together to compete at the highest level of competition. The Olympics have been around for many years. To be honest, I have not thought much about what it would be like to be an olympic athlete aside from watching the competitions and imaging I am one of the incredible gymnasts flipping or ice skaters twirling. (Can you tell I am girly?) However, lately the concept of training has been very apparent in multiple areas of my life.

According to dicitonary.com Training encompasses:

  1. The education, instruction, or discipline of a person or thing that is being trained: He’s in training for the Olympics..
  2. The status or condition of a person who has been trained: athletes in top training
  3. Of, relating to, or used in or for training: a training manual.
  4. Intended for use during an introductory, learning, or transitional period.

So what we see here are words like: education, instruction, discipline, introductory, learning, transitional.

Let’s say that an Olympic athlete trains 90% of the time and the other 10% is his event. We expect this right? We imagine it take years to prepare and get stronger to accomplish world renown medals. But what about in our own Spiritual lives?

I recently discovered that I have had the percentages wrong in my own mind. I thought my spiritual training should be 10% and the event/opportunities be 90%. The problem with this method is that the time of preparation is the key to being ready and thriving in what is to come. When we train we learn discipline, instruction, and flexibility. We grow in endurance, strength and trust. These are the defining moments.

The well-known athletes and Olympians were not personally defined by their medals and awards, but rather the moments when they felt like quitting but kept going, when they pushed through even though they were tired, and when they focused on the task ahead.

The Bible talks a lot about training. Our instruction manual is God’s Word.

  • Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 
  • Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.
  • Hebrew 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
  • Hebrew 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
  • James 1:2-4 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

So what do we do during training? The temptation is to wallow or get frustrated. But I am encouraging myself and you to not only press on, but press in to the Lord. Use this time to let Him mold you, shape you, and build you up through His Word, prayer, and community. He is working when you cannot see. He is loving you in the wait. He is sanctifying you by His love.

Never forget, 1 Thessalonians 5:24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. If you have a calling from the Lord, there is nothing that will thwart His plan, but we must hold our timelines loosely and focus on today. The “events” in our lives will be more amazing if our training is taken seriously and we learn what the Lord wants to teach us now.

 

In Christ,

Emma Danzey

www.emmadanzey.com

How to Listen for God’s Voice

Do you ever hear people talk about a time when they heard from God? They explain how they prayed for God to reveal His will for their next step, and then basically the next day they knew God was speaking to them. You know, just your average God-writing-in-the-sky kind of story.

While it’s encouraging to listen to how God moves in the lives of others, it can feel overwhelming as you think about God speaking in your own life. How do truly know the will of God? Why is it that your friend heard clearly from God, yet you have no idea how to tell the difference between your own thoughts and the words of the Holy Spirit?

God most definitely has a plan for your life. He may not reveal to you the big picture or even the next few steps, but He placed you on this earth with a purpose for you to fulfill. The problem is, it can prove difficult to know what exactly God wants you to do for Him. He doesn’t write His answer in the sky, and He most likely won’t appear right in front of you to tell you what’s next.

So how can you know the will of God? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you listen for God’s voice.

Read your Bible each day

Think about your best friend. How did you grow close in relationship with that person? You had to spend time together. You had to listen to their words and learn what brings them joy, sadness and laughter. It’s the same with your relationship with God. You can’t expect God to speak clearly to you if you aren’t spending time with Him. You must take time to read His words in the Bible in order to get to know Him on a deeper level.

The more you pour your mind and heart over God’s words, the more you will understand how He speaks and what He desires. You may not hear His voice audibly, but the Holy Spirit will move in your soul to convict you and help you understand God’s will for your life.

Talk to other Christians you trust

God will most likely use other people to speak to you. Sometimes you may not see truth right away, but another follower of Jesus might. Talking to people who you know have mature relationships with Christ is a great way to gain insight.

God created us as relational beings. He created Eve because it wasn’t right for Adam to live alone. And God knows it’s not good for you to be alone, either. He has placed people in your life to help guide you and talk to you about truth. We’re commanded to encourage one another and spur each other on toward love and good deeds. Allow the Christians in your life to speak truth to you. It may be hard to hear at times, but God might be speaking through them in order to reveal His will. You wouldn’t want to ignore that, right?

Use the desires God has given you 

This may sound strange, but sometimes God doesn’t tell us exactly what He wants us to do, because He wants us to decide. We aren’t robots, doing everything God commands without a choice in the matter. God has given us brains to think through situations and desires to want specific things. Sometimes, we may not hear the exact will of God for our next step. And that’s OK. If you are seeking – genuinely seeking – after God’s heart, you won’t choose a path that’s against His desires.

When you have a decision to make and aren’t sure what God’s will is, pray for guidance, talk to your parents, and then just make a decision. We waste so much time trying to figure out exactly what God wants. And if we think we haven’t heard clearly enough from Him, we don’t move. When this happens, we miss out on wonderful experiences and opportunities to glorify God.

Now, this isn’t to say you should just make decisions based off of what feels best for you at the time. Spending time in God’s word, in prayer and in conversation with Christians you trust should also play a part in making a decision. But if any choice you make will glorify God, then don’t hold off on making a decision just because you haven’t heard God speak directly to you.

Reading your Bible each day, talking to other Christians and using the desires God has given you are just three ways to understand God’s will for whatever decision stands before you. There are other ways to listen for God’s voice, but the important thing to remember is to seek Him first, above all else. If your main desire and goal in life is to glorify God and spread His good news, then He will guide and direct you to do just that. So don’t feel discouraged or worried. Pray, listen and remain alert for ways to glorify our great God.

By: Emily Saxe

www.tounearth.com 

 

S-U-C-C-E-S-S

What is success? How do we accurately measure something that is so arbitrary to opinion, for success is really a measure of opinion more often than not. If success is like beauty and in the eye of the beholder, how then do we truly say if someone is successful or not? What does the Bible say of success?

Perhaps the best example of measures of success are the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. In the story, a master gives three people either one, five, or ten talents. Their approaches are all different and based on their own characters and skill sets. The one with ten invests and comes back with twenty. Likewise, the one with five invests and comes back with a return as well. The last one takes a different approach, in fear the servant with a single talent buries his talent. When the master calls them all back, the first two are rewarded with more talents to go forth and do even more, but the one who chose to bury his talent was condemned, for he wasted his talent. This is a good measure of success. To whom much is given, much is required. Let that sink in again, to whom much is given, much is required. So then what is required of us?

Micah 6:8 says, “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy,  and to walk humbly with your God.”

We are all given different skills, different gifts, and different challenges from day one of this life. What is important is how we react, how we use the talents given. The key to realize with these talents is that talents are not always what we would think of when it comes to gifts. At times these talents can feel burdensome, but what if we used these hard knocks in life to become the foundation of our testimonies? What if we used the challenges in life to propel us further? What if even the difficult aspects of life would make us better instead of bitter?

One of the most overlooked, but amazing miracles in a healing was Bartimaeus (Mark 10). He was blind, and he came to Jesus for help. Many of the blind people Jesus had healed took their healing and walked away, in many ways they took their talents and buried them. Bartimaeus instead followed Christ all the way to Calvary. He saw the fulfillment of the promise, and went forward to share the Gospel for the rest of his life. He began his life with few talents, but used his gift to make him better and not bitter. He used what he was given and produced an abundance of fruit.

Our time here on earth is short, so we should use every stitch of our time here well. How sad would a life be if it were squandered, and how sad would it be if we were saved and didn’t share the Good News with others?

Success in a worldly mindset is typically wealth, fame, or looks. God shows us that true success is a fruitful and deep relationship with God, and doing the work He calls us to do here on earth. That doesn’t mean that fame is bad, fame or position if anything is a full ten talents, to be used for His glory and ministry more than our own selfish ambitions.

How can we put that into practice? For starters, we can be kind. We can have courage. We can stand for Christ even when it’s hard. We can be kind to those who the rest of the world shuns. This can be as simple as sitting with someone at lunch no one else wants to sit with, or being kind to a homeless person on the street corner. It can mean having the courage to be kind, and to show the world what it really means to be a follower of Christ.

The world has been jaded with the lie that a follower of Christ is judgmental, hard, hurtful, and hateful, and it is our duty to prove them wrong. A day lived in kindness and sharing the love of Christ is a day well lived. We can do everything in our power not to squander the time we are given. God is the only One Who knows how many days we have left, so we should use those days to their fullest.

Let us not grow weary in the work, and when we do, let us come to Him for comfort. Let us know that our work, even if we cannot see the fruit, is not in vain. Let us know that the Holy Spirit is alive and at work in each of our lives all the time. Let us hold firm to these truths and let us go forward believing them, for one day (if even in Heaven) we will see the abundant harvest. Go use those talents well, friend!

By: Cally Logan

Above the Clouds

There I was sitting 35,000 feet up in the sky (One of my favorite places to be…) trying to read and honestly distract myself during the flight. I prayed, I listened to music, and I read. I put down the book and gazed out of the window at the puffy rain clouds up ahead. I prayed in my heart, “… Lord, I have heard of people seeing full circle rainbows from airplanes, You do not have to, but it would be really amazing if you could show me one…”

The most amazing phenomenon then took place. I sat there and watched with anticipation out of my window. Within a minute I began to see something colorful up ahead. Immediately grabbing my phone to be on standby for pictures, my excitement grew.

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There, in front of my very eyes was a full circle rainbow. I snapped as many photos as I could and soaked in the moment just sitting there in awe. God had answered my prayer in good faith with a “yes!” He showed up and He was glorified BIG time!

Sometimes I share the story and am moved to tears; sometimes I cannot wipe a smile off of my face. When we encounter God we cannot help but want to celebrate Him in the ways that only He can work.

Recently, I had the thought, what if I had not prayed for that rainbow? Or what if I had the blinds down to avoid the reality of where I was at in the sky? If I had not prayed the rainbow would have been beautiful, but not personal. If I did not look, I would have missed the “glory” all together.

The fact is that we may not encounter rainbows every day, but we have full access to Jesus daily. We can choose to pray and be in relationship with God making our faith even more personal day by day or we can get “busy” and ignore His presence in our lives, “look away” and miss His loving power and involvement all together.

  • What makes it easy to leave out prayer in our daily lives?
  • How have you been “closing the blinds” on God and shutting Him out?
  • What are some ways you can begin to open your eyes and your heart to His presence in your reality?

Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

By: Emma Danzey

Founder of Polished Conference Ministries

Worship Artist | www.emmadanzey.com

Does God truly love me perfectly?

I don’t know exactly when it began that summer, but I remember the slow but sure steps the lie in my mind took as it wrapped itself around my trust in God. The crushing weight of this lie – that God’s love for me was not perfect or unique to who I was – became almost more than I could bear. The strangest part of all was that I knew it was a lie. But I didn’t know how to stop from believing it.

For some reason, I couldn’t shake the idea that if God loves everyone perfectly, why am I special to Him? How can He love me uniquely if He loves everyone the same?

This wasn’t a selfish, I-want-to-be-loved-most-by-God-thought. It was a fear that God didn’t actually love me the way He promised. At the time, there were people in my life who were treating me very poorly. Despite the fact that these people claimed Christ as their Savior – something I would never judge or question – they treated me as if I were expendable. And that hurt. A lot.

So there I was, fighting to feel loved and accepted by the people around me. And the more I hurt, the more I placed my hurt on God. I placed upon Him the human characteristics of failure, believing the lie that if these Christians couldn’t love me, then that must mean God doesn’t love me for who I am.

Sounds crazy, right? But that’s what Satan does. Makes crazy lies stick in our heads, convincing us there’s no way to prove the lie false. And unfortunately, he was convincing me.

I remember clearly the moment I felt the full weight of this lie. I was driving alone on a back country road on a foggy night. I let myself crawl into the hole that was this lie right before a little raccoon raced across the road. My foot slammed on the break.

And yet I hit it.

Already emotional, the thud from this hit proved more than I could stand, and I crawled further still into the darkness of that lie. Not because I was torn up about hitting a raccoon, but because the shock and the thud and the realization I had just killed something was horrible. I soon decided it was too much, and so I simply numbed the emotions instead of facing them.

Knowing this was the wrong thing to do, I ignored the tug at my heart from the Holy Spirit, and I swallowed every emotion until the only thing left was the winding road in front of me.

And the deer that suddenly appeared out of nowhere. I don’t remember it walking out onto the road. I don’t remember seeing it before it was right there. My foot slammed on the break.

And yet I hit it.

I still shudder when I remember the deer turning its head, caught in my headlights, and the front of my car making contact.

I cried out to God. Why? Why this? Why now? Haven’t I been struggling with enough?

And then what Satan meant for evil, God used for good.

The Lord gave me a physical representation of the way He uniquely loves me. He protects me, a way I feel most loved. When I see or hear someone protecting me, I feel almost more loved in that moment than if they had actually wrapped their arms around me and told me so.

I can’t even count the number of times my Heavenly Father has protected me. Physical, emotional and spiritual protection. He has done this for me. Because He loves me. Because He has purpose for me.

What lie are you believing in this moment? What lie came to mind as you read this? Here’s some advice someone gave me, advice that enabled me to see all the ways God protects me and, therefore, loves me exactly the way He knows I need to feel loved.

Write down every way the Lord has proved whatever you are believing to be a lie. Are you believing God doesn’t care about the details? Write down every time He has worked out the details for you. Are you believing you have no future? Write down all the times God has brought you through difficult moments.

If you’re having trouble combating the lies, when you see the physical proof, those lies don’t stand a chance.

Also, remember that you don’t need to feel ashamed for those lies. Sometimes we need to struggle first before we can understand more clearly what God desires to teach us.

While saying I’m glad I hit that deer would be a stretch, I’m thankful God brought me out of that dark hole into the light, regardless of the way He accomplished that. He didn’t have to prove His love for me, but He did anyway. Because that’s one of the many ways He shows that unique love for me.

By: Emily Saxe

www.tounearth.com

 

Banks of the Red Sea

Where are you today? Are you holding up during one of the worst seasons of your life? Are hopes and dreams and desires finding themselves to look completely impossible? Is everything you thought God would give you by now or you thought He promised looking to be the last possible thing that could happen right now? If so, you are at the banks of the Red Sea.

Nearly everyone knows the story of how God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites, but few know all the massive details that went into this miracle. See, after a long season of negotiations the Pharaoh of Egypt finally allowed the Israelites to go free. Over two million of them headed out for the Promised Land of Canaan, but after such a victory there was another issue up around the river bend. (Pocahontas reference).

Exodus 14:1-4 shares, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” So the Israelites did this.”

What this means is that the original planned route was altered so that it would become more difficult, but God was setting them up for a miracle. Pharaoh’s heart was heated and he decided not to just let over two million slaves leave, not after all the plagues Egypt had seen trying to hold on to them so firmly. Moses led the caravan of these two million people and they found themselves at the banks of the Red Sea. Now, the Red Sea is no tiny pond one can wade through or hop over; it is a massive body of water. To make matters more difficult, an entire army of hotheaded Egyptians were on their tails. The Israelites had been all grown up as slaves, so they had no idea how to fight an army. They saw the choices before them to drown or die by the sword. They felt abandoned.

How often are we too metaphorically in this spot? Where it seems there is no possible way out or option in which we come out the other side? At times we may even find ourselves screaming at God for He was the One Who led us down this marked path and now everything is in disarray. Perhaps we saw the first leg of success and rejoiced in His faithfulness just to turn around and everything looks ten times worse than before. You are not the first ones to feel such feelings. The Israelites even asked if the sole reason God brought them out to the desert was because there was more room for graves out there? But God wasn’t finished yet.

Moses was the leader of this group at the time, and he took orders from God. Moses knew God, He had seen His power and His sovereignty in his life, so he knew there would be a way out. He assured the Israelites to, “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. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (v. 13-14). Then God came through. Just as everything looked as hopeless as ever, God came through. He told Moses to merely lift his arm and then before their eyes the Red Sea parted.

The entire group of two million people walked across not in mud, but on dry land. On each side was a skyscraper of water as they passed through the waters. Then as the Egyptians attempted to cross, the waters fell upon them and they were wiped out. God took care of each and every single one. He kept true to His word that not only would the Israelites see Who God was, but so would the Egyptians. God protects His own.

God is never changing, His character remains steadfast forever, as is true in the New Testament and today as well. Jesus says in John 13:7, “You do not understand what I am doing now, but one day you will.” We can also see in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

We may not get the Red Sea parting each and every single time, but we can know that He will indeed work all things together for our good and His purpose and glory. How beautiful is that?

I write this yes as a blog, but also as a reminder to myself. Last week I found myself weeping at the banks of the Red Sea. Feeling confused and lost on this journey He has asked me to trust and follow Him in, but I realize that He came through for people who trusted and followed Him before, and He will do it again. 1 Samuel 15:29 says, “God is not a man that He should lie or change His mind,” and we can hold on to that promise. He is Who He says He is, and just as His eye is on a mere sparrow, His eye is on us too.

By: Cally Logan