God definitely works in mysterious ways. I have seen this in my own life recently and I want to share with you what God has shown me. Lately, I’ve been battling a waiting game with God and with life and it almost seems as if life is going to beat me down. But through studying God’s Word, reading a book, and reading a friend’s blog, God has given me a sense of hope and encouragment. Check it out.
1. I have been reading a book titled The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. The book is about drawing circles around your dreams, your family, your problems and, most importantly, God’s promises. This book has made me realize that I do not pray with enough faith and that I need to be more bold about my prayers. There was a section in the book where the author talks about the Exodus. The Israelites have just escaped Egypt and have just reached the edge of the Red Sea. They can’t go back because the Egyptians are coming after them. Batterson compares their situation to our lives today.
- “All of us love miracles. We just don’t like being in a situation that necessitates one. We hate finding ourselves between an Egyptian army and a Red Sea, but this is how God reveals His glory. We want God to part the Red Sea when the Egyptian army is still in Egypt. We want God to provide for our need before we even need it. But sometimes God waits. And then He waits longer. At first, the Israelites can see a dust cloud in the distance. Then they can hear the hooves of their horses and the wheels of their chariots. Then they are so close that they can recognize the faces of their former taskmasters.”
- “Sometimes God leads us to a place where we have nowhere to turn but to Him; our only option is to trust Him. So why does God wait until the very last second to make His move? Why does He let the Egyptian army get that close? Once again, the God who provides just enough parts the Red Sea just in time.”
This section really hit home. I believe I am standing at the edge of my own Red Sea. So after I had read this, I prayed and envisioned myself standing at the edge of the water. In this vision, I was crying out to God to hear me and to not leave me here standing with no way to get through. Even though I’m still standing there, he heard me.
2. A couple days had passed and I was running late for work but I wanted to read some Scripture before I left for the day. I decided to read a random Psalm because they are always uplifting. I turned my Bible to Psalm 77. My prayer vision was written down in front of me. Verses 1-3:
- “I cry out to God; yes, I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help.”
But what really got me was verses 16-20:
- “When the Red Sea saw you, O God, its waters looked and trembled! The sea quaked to its very depths. The clouds poured down rain; the thunder rumbled in the sky. Your arrows of lightning flashed. Your thunder roared from the whirlwind; the lightning lit up the world! The earth trembled and shook. Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters— a pathway no one knew was there! You led your people along that road like a flock of sheep, with Moses and Aaron as their shepherds.”
What? If that’s not God hearing and listening to me then I don’t know what is! But that’s not all…
3. Later that day, I was looking through my inbox and received an email that my friend Tiffany had a new blog post. She has been writing and studying through the book of Exodus. I decided to read it and it was as if God was saying, “I know I told you that I heard you earlier, but I just wanted to remind you in case you forgot.” God used her to speak to me. It was quite a blessing and a reminder that God hears.
- “If you’re going through a season where you feel like you’re in the wilderness and this is the worst possible predicament you could be in right now, be encouraged! It may seem like you’re going the lengthy way around, but God knows the best route. While you’re traveling the “long way,” remember it’s His way and this specific route was mapped out because it’s helping you dodge those big, discouraging “Philistines” in your life. Just like God lead the Israelites “by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea,” so He may be leading you by way of the wilderness, too. And, it may almost be time for Him to part that Red Sea in your life, so stick with it. Chin up!”
I’m going to be honest, I’m still standing at the water’s edge, but I am more encouraged than ever. I know that God will part the Red Sea, not only at the right time, but in HIS time. If you are reading this, please say a prayer for me!
If you are standing at the edge of your own Red Sea, be encouraged! God’s got it. I encourage you to study His Word, pray hard, and fellowship with His people. If you would like me to pray for you, just leave a comment below.
God will deliver.