“And Moses said, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.'”
As we prepare to leave for a mission’s trip with our church, I have admittedly experienced a few moments of worry. Doubts about our decision to go have entered my mind a few times.
However, at the beginning of this year, our pastor shared with the church body a vision God gave him. This mission trip to Washington D.C. is a central part of that vision.
I will never forget Pastor Scott’s words because they were humorous yet convicting. He said something to the effect of, I don’t care if your husband is scheduled to have a lobotomy a month before the trip, but that God would faithfully pave a way for each and every one of us to go.
He expressed with complete clarity that this was God’s will for our church. It was a powerful moment to sit under such leadership.
Instantly, Dave and I knew that we were being called to go and spread the gospel with our church family. I recall actually turning to each other in agreement saying, “Well, I guess we’re going to D.C.”.
Then life happened! I was in the hospital a few times. I was in the ER a few times. I got a feeding tube. You know, just normal “life stuff”.
In my humanness, I remember temporary moments of pondering, “What are we doing?”. But we stayed the course, and we kept our focus on the Lord.
In those times of questioning, God revealed Himself in a new way, a fresh way, to show I needn’t worry about any single thing. To my amazement, just the preparation for this trip has strengthened my faith.
Tonight, however, when Sophia was spending time in our room talking I saw a moment of doubt in her. As Dave was hooking up my IV fluids and feeding tube for the night, she suddenly asked, “Mom, what if you die on the plane?”.
Lightheartedly, Dave and I looked at each other, each with a smile, and exclaimed it would be great because I would then be in heaven! Knowing that was probably not the answer she was looking for, I decided to take her inquiry seriously.
I shared with my sweet daughter something special God revealed to me last week. There were two moments when in prayer that the Lord showed me the story of the parting of the Red Sea.
In this familiar story, we understand that the Israelites were being led by Moses out of Egyptian captivity. Pharoh’s heart was hardened, and he decided to chase them down.
Eventually, the Israelites approached the Red Sea and discovered an enormous obstacle before them. Without hesitation, the Israelites began to whine and complain as they always did.
As I was watching the story unfold in my mind, I understood for the first time that the Israelites could only see the Red Sea before them.
To them this represented an obstacle of insurmountable suffering.
But in that same moment, what Moses saw was completely different.
He saw an opportunity for God’s deliverance.
All they needed to do was to be still, to be silent.
Interestingly, my story doesn’t end there because in my devotion Sunday morning was the same story. Again was a reference to the Red Sea as it relates to God’s faithfulness.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, in church that same day Pastor Scott used the illustration of the Red Sea again!
Through this, I was able to affirm to a young girl some of the great wonders of our God. He knows our fears before we do, and He is faithful to calm our fears when we seek Him.
The truth is, we all have a “Red Sea” before us.
The question is, if God is able to stir up the winds and part the raging waters of the Red Sea in order that His people would have a dry path to safety, can He not make a way for me?
When asked that question tonight, my daughter answered with a resounding, “Yes, He can!”.