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Trust the One Who Can Part the Red Sea

July 20, 2010 by  
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I can’t believe it’s been over four years since our daughter faced an onslaught of assessments with results that put her in a special needs component pre-school.  I believed the devil’s accusation that I was a failure and God failed to take care of her.  I wallowed until my prayer partner explained perhaps this was for His glory. Maybe, just maybe, He would use her in ways I could never understand.

In time He helped me surrender the fear I had over her delays and she not only transitioned well, she blossomed.  She befriended and encouraged peers that adults had trouble reaching.  At the end of her third year she was the veteran of the school, and her time there was running out like the proverbial sands in the hourglass.

That meant a new round of testing to see what services, if any, would she need in kindergarten.

You’d think with all she overcame I’d be a rock of faith.

But those fears returned.  What if she needs services?  Will it be short term?  Long term?  At all?  Where?  Will her classmates make fun of her? On and on it went.

Something changed.  I was closer with my walk with Him and He lovingly knew how to get my attention.  If you think God speaks in all thou’s and whoever’ith, well, He doesn’t with me.  This is what He said:

You can’t even part hair, why won’t you trust the One who parted the Red Sea?

I laugh thinking about it because this wasn’t an accusing voice, it was an authentic voice that knows me in and out and loves me.  He wants the best for me.  He’s honest and funny, and yes, holy.  I totally can’t part hair.  My stylist even told me to never, ever touch scissors again, even for bangs.  Oh it gets worse.  My dog’s groomer also politely asked that I never put scissors to a dog again.

So that sentence transformed my thinking.  Why am I afraid of a circumstance God figured out long before I came up with all the questions?  Why is it even on my radar when yes, the One in control indeed parted the Red Sea?  Can’t He take care of a child growing up?

And more than not, I think the child He is taking care of is me.

How about you?  Are you facing a situation where you can’t see what’s next and it’s driving you crazy?  Are you worried about the economy?  Maybe you can part hair better than I can, but I’m guessing like me, you can’t part the Red Sea.

Place your trust in the One who can.

I’m right there with you!

Lord, give us the strength to trust you in all things.  Help us with the small things and the major mountains of obstacles before us.  You truly are the God who conquers the impossible.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided ,and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. Exodus 14:21-22, NIV

Julie Arduini is a writer and public speaker residing in NE Ohio with her husband and two children. Her writing is included in such works as the Peculiar People release, Delivered and various volumes of the Guideposts Incredible Prayer book series.  Julie is also a marriage counter barista at Internet Café Devotions and is a monthly contributor to Adding Zest to Your Nest. She maintains a website and blog to encourage readers to join her on the surrender journey.    Julie confesses she’s surrendering the good, the bad, and— maybe one day—the chocolate.  Please visit Julie’s site and blog at juliearduini.com.  Active newsletter subscribers receive a free copy of Julie’s surrender series, Discovering Nancy Struthers.

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