"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Israelite

Hi, my name is Erica and I am an Isrealite.

How often do we look at the Isrealites in their exodus from Egypt and their time in the dessert and think "Wow, they are a bunch of complainers.  Can't they see what God has done for them?  He parted a sea for them for goodness sakes and here they are, three days later, whining and complaining about being thirsty.I mean, how could they not trust God with everything at this point."  Nope.  Just me?  {Insert wide-eyed emoji}.

The more I study their story, the more the story points directly at me.  Three months ago, God brought us the most beautiful baby girl.  She's perfect in every way.  I said on that day "God, I will trust you from here on out no matter how long it takes to get her home."  I said that out loud to God.  I even wrote it in my journal. I marveled at the work of His mighty hand.  The four years of waiting behind me seemed so small.  It was behind me.  Three months later..... I'm grumbling, complaining.  "God, I'm tired and weary.  God where are you? God why can't you do what you said you would do?"  I'm no different from them.  In fact, I am just like them.

God lead the Isrealites to the Red Sea.  He lead them right into a dead end with the Egyptian army coming after them.  It seemed to be a hopeless situation.  But then, by His Glory and His might he parted the waters and not one of them perished and all the glory was given to Him.  They praised Him and feared Him.  He has led me to a place of hopelessness.  It seems like a dead end.  The waters are raging.  We are experiencing delay after delay. We are hard- pressed on every side.  But, I need to remember that I serve a God who can part a sea, a God who can make Manna fall from the sky and water pour out of rocks.  I serve a God who is working and moving even when I don't see it.  I just have to surrender all of me to him.  Not just the little pieces that make sense or that I can see.  All of me!  And whatever happens in my life, good or bad, I need to recognize that God is painting this beautiful picture and He is good all the time and when the waters are parted, it will be because of Him and not because of me!

My name is Erica and I am an Isrealite.