Delivery

“Don’t be afraid…

The Lord Himself will fight for you,

Just stay calm.”

Exodus 14:14

 

I finger these hope words

Like rosary beads,

Wrapping them around my being,

Letting them do their comfort-work

Upon my restless mind

That chatters words of “cannot be”

And “I don’t see”

Where doubt and desire collide.

 

I’m not alone in this.

We all feel pressed sometimes

Between what is

And what we hope for,

Between what He provides

And what we desire.

We name our need,

Knowing that the provision we seek

Can only come from a God of Grace.

 

We know we’re not the first

To plead for deliverance,

To wrestle with reliance

On a God who values surrender,

Not self-sufficiency.

 

Scroll back through centuries,

Way back through the centuries,

Until you find the sons of Abraham

Suffering hard as slaves in Egypt.

Long and lean the years have been

Until the day that Moses returns

On a freedom mission from God;

And the Israelites,

They walk right out of captivity

With a shout of praise

And fists raised in defiance.

 

A triumphant, “Take That!” moment, this.

But defiance dries up real quick

In the face of  fear.

 

They’re well on their way to escape

When the unpredictable God they follow

Instructs Moses

To turn back and camp by the sea.

We can only imagine this bold move

Left Moses wide-eyed trembling.

 

For sure enough,

Straight to that unsecured spot

Between the bone-dry desert and a body of water

Came Pharaoh and all his might,

Every last man and beast.

And the people of Israel panicked.

 

They cried out to the Lord,

They turned on Moses in a flash.

With fear-laced words

They attacked them both,

“Why did you bring us out here to die?

Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt?

Didn’t we tell you this would happen?

We said, Leave us alone!”

 

But Moses,

Who almost always found a way to trust I AM

Spoke these astonishing words

Of calming comfort from the very mouth of God:

 

“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today.

The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.

The LORD himself will fight for you.

Just stay calm.”

 

And fight for them, He did.

The sea opened up for His powerless people

And closed on the dangerous, but doomed

Enemy of His Own.

 

The Israelites could never have foreseen

Such a bizarre and beautiful delivery.

They would not,

Not in their wildest dreams.

 

And so it is with us.

We cannot know the provision he prepares.

His creativity and power know no bounds.

And even though we do not see all that He has planned,

We remind ourselves

That He is never out of options,

And His glorious presence

Can always find its way through a crack

To our spot between a rock and a hard place.

 

He is other.

He is I AM.

And He will fight for You.

 

 

 

kpeterson

September 2014

Italicized words are quoted directly from Exodus 14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Delivery

  1. Your words of hope are so encouraging, Kerry. You reminded me that although I can’t see what God is up to, I can know that He is near—His “presence can always find its way through a crack to our spot between a rock and a hard place.” Beautifully put, and woefully needed…

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