It’s been a tough few weeks for me personally, but also for our entire world to say the least. I know a lot of people have been affected by this in so many ways. At one point I was so overwhelmed by grief and lack of understanding I couldn’t even bring myself to write. I was being bogged down by all the thoughts running through my mind constantly. I couldn’t sleep or eat or find a moment of peace internally. I cried out to God over and over again to give me peace.
As I’ve reflected and spent time with God I am reminded of His complete power and control of every intricate detail of this world. While the people of this world are scrambling not knowing what to do God is calmly watching over, completely un-surprised by the state of His creation. I’m left in awe knowing with the snap of His fingers or one word with His voice or a breath from His lungs everything could be over.
How powerful You are Great Lord! As some cry out in anger I cry out in thankfulness. His mercy and grace have never been more apparent to me. The Lord is a good God. I may never completely understand how He works, but I’m learning to accept that because if I could comprehend everything about my Creator then He wouldn’t be God!
I’ve been going through the book of Exodus and the signs and wonders the Lord preforms are incredible. The Egyptians feel the wrath of God, but with every plague God protected His people. After all this suffering Pharaoh finally lets the Israelites go only to chase after them. The people are afraid and asking Moses why he would bring them out into the desert to die. Moses tells the Israelites the Lord will fight for them and God does something extraordinary. He parts the Red Sea so His people can cross on dry ground. The Lord saves the Israelites and destroys the Egyptians pursuing them in the process. The first part of Exodus 15 is Israel singing a song of praise to God. They lift up His name singing, “The Lord is a warrior; Yahweh is His name,” (vs 3) and “Lord, who is like You among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, revered with praises, performing wonders?” (vs 11) and “The Lord will reign forever and ever!” (vs 18). Of course, the Israelites are praising God for what He did! This was probably one of the most incredible things they ever witnessed, and He saved them from their captors! Israel had been in Egypt for 430 years, but God got them out!
Yet, several verses down from the song of praise we see the Israelites grumbling about their lack of water. It had been three days since the Lord parted the sea and I guess the luster had worn off? How quickly we forget who God is! He parted the freakin’ sea! He made the water into walls of water on their left and right sides. The ground was dry and when they were done crossing, He let the water fall back into place so the Egyptians couldn’t follow! Surely, God could provide a little drinking water. And He did!
But this is the story we continually see throughout scripture. God proves Himself to His people, they praise Him and then they forget. It remains the narrative of today. The Lord proves His faithfulness, but how quickly we forget. He’s been reminding me lately of all the times He has come through and continues to provide in new ways. When I remember this, all the bombarding thoughts rushing through my mind wash away and I am left humbled and filled with peace. The God who parted the Red Sea is on my side through all of this and for me that’s more than enough.
“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”