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A couple of weeks ago, I was challenged with an experience in my Christian walk. Well, actually, God keeps having lots of monumental experiences pop up by the bucket loads recently, but today I will focus on this one. This was a Jordon River experience that I have needed to cross over for some time now.
Can you image the rush of emotion that washed over Moses when he boldly stood at the edge of the Jordon River after God had told him to rally the Israelites. They were heading out of town and there he stood at the river bank edge just waiting on God.
I would assume it was at that moment that Moses was feeling very confident in his faith as he had just witnessed the 7 plagues. Plagues that only God could accomplish to convince the Pharaoh to let God’s people go. He had seen the mighty hand of God move in order to radically convince Pharaoh to free the Israelites. He had seen miracles. He knew they could happen. Now Moses had to believe again at the water’s edge.
I am sure that God did not give him a prior agenda of how this parting of the waters thing would go down. God was calling Moses to have the faith to trust that He would move mightily like He had before.
Can you imagine the excitement and the rejoicing that was taking place among the Israelites as they moved swiftly across the land to freedom that for so long they thought was just a ridiculous dream. There was shouts of joy and a whole lot of “hootin’n’ hollering” going on as they left Pharaoh and his horrendous army who had badgered and beaten them for years!
Then…as they reached the water’s edge…they felt like defeat, discouragement and death awaited them.
It is at this moment that I would have had to grab Moses and say,
This moment did not catch God off guard. Don’t forget what God has done for you before this moment.
Moses, you need to remember what all just occurred. God performed miracles to get these people out of Egypt. He brought on plagues upon plagues to radically demonstrate to Pharaoh what kind of mighty God you serve.
Matthew 17:20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
Oh we have all been there before. We have all stood at the water’s edge waiting on God but somehow not remembering what He has done previously in our lives.
This brings me back to my monumental milestone that God brought me to.
Just a few weeks ago, I stood here…
This place is a place of healing for me. This place I visited some 12 years ago as a patient close to death with Pancreatitis for 49 days. Many friends and family cried out to God for His healing touch to be blanketed over my very ill body. Many thought there was no hope. My God had other plans.
I have been healed. I have witnessed the miracle-working power that God so radically does today just as He did with the Israelites.
This day came where I had to walk through the doors of a place that reminds me of how the enemy once wanted destruction and instead God brought healing and redemption. This day I was now called to REMEMBER what God had done for me countless times and remind my God that I have the small faith of a mustard seed that can be brought once again to a great and mighty healing God asking for another miracle. You see, I was visiting a very dear friend, who was injured in an accident, that was in much need of his own miracle.
I was remembering.
Walking back through these doors instead of arriving by ambulance was HUGE for me. Memories flooded my mind of the angels I saw during all those weeks and how God ministered to me while I was heavily sedated in a “place of rest.” Walking into this lobby I realized I need to just gather my thoughts. I wasn’t going to rush this moment. I looked up and saw this…
As I was enamored by this beautiful picture and trying to process this moment, I heard the Lord say,
“I bring order out of chaos.”
I needed to hear that. He reminded me of the chaos our family felt during this time and the growth that had occurred because we didn’t stop believing in our Savior that can do exceedingly and abundantly beyond all we ask and think.
Those were my prayers for my friend today. His name is Davis and I believe God has the same miracle working power to do it again. And again. And again.
I’m sharing a song today that recently has impacted me with each time that I play it. Maybe the words will resonate with you as you stand on the edge of those mirky waters waiting on your God to split the sea. Show Himself. Do His thing.
My favorite words are these…
“You split the sea so that I could walk right through it. My fears were drowned in perfect love. You rescued me so that I could stand and sing. I am a child of God.”
Please let me know how I can pray for you today. My heart is heavy for those suffering to know that our God is a mighty deliverer, a healer and such a refuge that we can run to in the midst of our fears.
(this post was linked up with Susan Meade’s blog Dancing with Jesus.)