This is part 2 of last week's Whose Battle Is It, Anyway?
I stood in the bathroom drying my hair when I first sensed God asking me to step out of His way. Some stuff has been going on in my life, and by stuff I mean unpleasant situations over which I have little to no control (aside from praying, and girl, you'd better believe I'm praying).
As I brushed out my hair, I got a mental picture of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. They were up against a raging Red Sea, with the Pharaoh and all his soldiers hot on their trail. It was do or die, baby, so... "Moses told the people, Fear not, stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again." (Exodus 14:13)
The mere thought of never again dealing with some of this particular stuff in my life felt promising, even exhilarating. God clearly impressed on my heart that morning in the bathroom that in order for this to happen, I needed to step aside. Instantly I saw myself hovering over the situations that trouble me, suggesting this, trying that, and otherwise spinning my tail into a not so pleasant knot.
Maybe you don't run interference with God like I sometimes do, so just bear with me while I bare my soul.
All of my ideas, not so subtle suggestions, and maneuvering were putting me between God and the situations. I was blocking the way. My 'help' was not help at all, it was hindering God's work. Actually, my 'help' indicated a lack of patience and a pathetic lack of trust in the One I claim to trust above all else.
So, even though I'm sort of lame at the side-step, I did it. Practically, that means that aside from praying, I'm not touching the situations. I'm not worrying, I'm not hinting, I'm not cajoling and I'm certainly not suggesting.
What, exactly, am I doing?
- I am choosing to believe that God is at work.
- I'm resisting my natural inclination to do something. (Much harder than it sounds!)
- I'm resisting negative thoughts and refusing to dwell on them.
- I am breathing the words I trust You, God as many times a day as it takes.
This is trust in action. It's putting legs on the faith I claim to possess. The exciting thing is that even though things don't look better or even different (yet) in the natural, my spiritual eyes are opening. I'm powerfully sensing God at work. I'm perceiving amazing possibilities and a deep joy is growing within me.
What does all this have to do with you? Well, I'm wondering if you might like to try the side-step with me. If I can do it, anyone can. Just take a deep breath, and...step aside. Trust God. Let Him fight for you. Maybe together, we can actually ace this thing.
"The humble will see their God at work and be glad." Psalm 69:32a
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