The Exodus – Ex. 13:13-14 “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today… The lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
No sooner had the Israelites left Egypt then they faced a challenge: The Red Sea ahead and the Egyptians behind. Have you ever faced a trial like that?
Our daughter was finishing Grade 12 when we discovered she was extremely anemic. A plan of investigation was not even started before she collapsed. An ambulance ride to our hospital led to emergency assessment but treatment was beyond their scope. Another ambulance ride followed - to Winnipeg, 2 hours away. Only then did I have time to phone family and friends to join us in prayer. There was nothing else we could do. The fears began to diminish as we knew everything was being placed in God’s hands. Do we believe the God that fulfilled his promises in Jesus for the whole world can take care of our problem?
Our daughter was still determined to go away to university after this beginning of a difficult year, even before definitive surgery occurred. There were further hospital visits and interim surgery, but fortunately her brother was there to accompany her and even her mother joined her at one stage. Our church, family & friends continued to stand with us through this and, ultimately, we saw deliverance. We truly knew that as we “stood still,” letting the medical experts do what they needed to do, our Lord was fighting for her and us.
Jesus loved us enough to come into the world for our salvation. Can we ‘stand still’ and believe that he can carry us through difficult times?
*stay tuned for tomorrow’s advent reflection*
(advent reflections have been prepared by a variety of writers from Peace Church)