Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Tambourine Dance

I spent this last week working on a project that just would not gel. I worked and worked and all but banged my head on the keyboard, and still couldn't get it right. It was frustrating—to the extreme. Finally, with my back pressing the deadline, I poured it all out before God again, and went to help make supper. That night happened to be my hubster's specialty—fried chicken strips and gravy. It's one of our favorite meals and the whole family pitches in to get it on the table. After prepping the milk and flour for the gravy I got to wash dishes, and I was so thankful for the mindless busy-work.

As I washed the dishes I talked with God about the project He'd given to me. I knew that, if left on my own, I was sunk, but I also knew I wasn't on my own in this. With my hands busy in dishwater, I tossed ideas around in my head as I prayed. And God came through. He gave me the idea I needed to provide the framework for my project.

It reminds me of the children of Israel when they left Egypt behind. They were caught between a rock and a hard place. Their back was against the Red Sea and Pharaoh was pressing down on them hard and fast. If left on their own they were sunk, but they weren't on their own. The Lord Almighty was with them and He parted the Red Sea.
As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord... But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for your today...The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” ~Exodus 14:10, 13-14

God put Israel in a situation where they could do nothing to help themselves. They were in a spot where they would know beyond all doubt that it was He who delivered them. God used that experience to assure them of His care and presence and to strengthen their faith in Him.

Guess what? This is what He did with me this week. When I was in the spot where there would be absolutely no doubt in my mind concerning just who it was that rescued me and gave me the idea, God came through. He parted my Red Sea and gave me dry land to cross on. Just like it was the Lord who saved Israel, it was the same Lord that saved me. And like Israel, I've been singing to the Lord ever since.


Tambourines Originally uploaded by BCDallas
I will sing to the Lord,
for He is highly exalted...
The Lord is my strength and song,
and He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father's God, and I will extol Him.

~Exodus 15:1-2


So how about you? Is your back pressing against the Red Sea as an army storms ever closer to you? When you're in a spot where there's no doubt about where your deliverance comes from, get ready to march 'cuz our God is never, ever late. In His time He'll part that Red Sea and when He does, get out your tambourines and dance! This is my God, and I will praise Him!

7 comments:

  1. Oh boy, did I need to read this!

    Thank you, Patty.

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  2. I think God loves "impossible" situations, where we come to the place where we know He's the one who has delivered us.

    Thanks for the reminder, Peej.

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  3. Thanks for this post. I really needed to read this today.

    ~Susan

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  4. Ooooh - Amen, girl! Yes. He is NEVER late. (can't wait to read what he gave ya too, by the way:D)

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  5. Amen...That is awesome! God is forever faithful :)

    Just wanted to say thanks for responding to my post on exemplify. God love is truly unfathomable...But He is our God and like you said only He could love us like that :)

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  6. We have so many reasons to praise Him and the biggest one is just because Who He is. He's always there to help us when we tire of trying to do it on our own. I'm sure glad He's so patient.

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  7. Wow, this really resonates with me right now. The Lord has been working on teaching me this very lesson. Thanks so much for sharing this reminder!

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