I don't have very many words to say today. I'm sorting through feelings, thoughts, and praying without ceasing (see 1 Thessalonians 5:17) for both of my mothers today. My mother & mother-in-law are both facing some scary health issues at the moments. Our life is in a bit of an upheaval. Days like today, the many miles that separate all of us are tough. Some days I'm busy, focused on my kids, and I don't really think about how far away our families are. And then, days like today, I have more time on my hands than I know what to do with. The day is almost too quiet. The kids, almost too peaceful. Perhaps it's God's way of saying, Just Be. Just be in my presence today.
Just Be like the Israelites, when they came to the Red Sea. They looked behind them and saw the Egyptians chasing after them. They looked forward and only saw water in front of them. In that moment, Moses said,
“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" (Exodus 14:13-14, NIV).
My how we need the Lord fighting on our side. It's comforting to know that He's right there, already handling the sittuation. We, as humans, are so short sideded. We see what's in front of us, here and now. Or perhaps we look backward, and see our enemy chasing after us, getting closer and closer. We look around in desperation, instead of looking up, at God, our protector.
He will fight for us.
Sometimes, it doesn't take any more action than that.
Sometimes, days come where we're told to just be still, wait for the deliverance of the Lord. Rely on Him to provide in the situation.
On Sunday, my Pastor was talking about the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt. He pointed out something interesting that I'd never seen before. Verses 13-14 tell the Israelites to be still and wait, while verse 15 tells the Israelites to start moving.
It's all in God's timing. For a time, they had to wait and watch, and then, when it was time to part the Red Sea so that they could pass through, God told them to move.
Oh how I want to be that in-tune with God. To hear Him when He says to wait, and to hear Him when He says to move.
Wait or Move, Be Still or Act. Our lives our filled with such moments.
Be open. Pray. Listen. Just Be.
Today, today is a waiting day. A wondering day. A praying day. A taking care of children, laundry, dishes, and praying kind of day.
Who knows what tomorrow holds, but I do know this:
"God is our refuge and strength,an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give wayand the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,though its waters roar and foamand the mountains quake with their surging.There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,the holy place where the Most High dwells.God is within her, she will not fall;God will help her at break of day.Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;he lifts his voice, the earth melts.The Lord Almighty is with us;the God of Jacob is our fortress....He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth.'The Lord Almighty is with us;the God of Jacob is our fortress" (Psalm 46: 1-7, 10-11, NIV).