In today’s Pardon the Mess podcast episode, I talk to Robert J. Morgan, the author of one of my favorite books EVER, The Red Sea Rules.
It’s about the Israelites’ journey across the Red Sea and ten biblical principles for when we face difficulties in our faith.
Pastor Rob got me thinking about the difficulties I’ve faced lately, as well as the way God has helped me in and through them. Which then got me thinking about my youngest son.
When my toddler falls down, he always waits for me to pick him up and dust him off.
Even when he’s not hurt, he dramatically lays on the floor until I walk over to pick him up, dust him off, and give him a hug, telling him he’s going to be okay. And then, just like that, he’s off in a million different directions like nothing ever happened.
I’m coming off a time where I’ve needed to be dusted off. I’ve had some bumps and bruises come my way and I’ve been discouraged.
There’s just something about being helped up and assured that you’re going to be okay.
Are you on the floor?
We’ve all been there.
It comes during those times when you’re doing so much and giving it all you’ve got, but you’re reminded that you’re succeeding at so little.
It’s when you’ve prayed and prayed for God’s hand to change a situation, but you still don’t see any improvement.
It’s that place of fear or dread that wakes you up in the night or the pit in your stomach when you open your eyes each morning.
It’s the tough places in your career, or the distance forming in your marriage.
It’s when you see the bills piling up on the counter, or when you realize your child didn’t get invited to the party.
It comes from things as significant as working through learning differences or the hard places of blended families, to the small spaces of wondering if anyone truly understands what you’re facing.
If you’re in a season where you’re lying on the floor and in need of some dusting off, you’re not alone.
“The Lord will fight for you”
The Israelites were fleeing Egypt and found themselves trapped between the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army chasing after them. They were desperate, discouraged, and in dire need of a game plan.
And then God spoke to them through Moses, saying “the Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14).
We all need a reminder of what my toddler already knows. When the bumps and bruises come, you need only to be still. Help is coming.
Being February, the month of love, we’re talking about the things we love on Pardon the Mess. Because Red Sea Rules is a book I love (and you will too!), I’m excited for you to hear some encouraging words from Pastor Morgan on our podcast today.
I’m so grateful for the living word of God when I’m coming off the hard weeks and need some dusting off. I’m so thankful for friends and family who are willing to speak truth into my life instead of just agreeing with me or allowing me to doubt the goodness of God.
Even if you don’t need dusting off today, someone around you definitely does. Be alert, be sensitive, and be ready to share the truth that God’s fighting for us.
We need only to be still.
P.S. Pastor Rob just released 100 Bible Verses that Made America this week, check it out!