Exodus 14:13-14 Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’
“For you need only to be still” are probably some of the hardest words for someone like me to hear. I move, I ‘fix’ things, I plan, I meet people, I create things, I dream, I organise, I make things happen! That’s what I like doing, that’s what I am good at, so for even a short time to not do that is very uncomfortable indeed.
But God is God and I am not and I have now come to the understanding, albeit under duress, that this is what God needs to do with me; to cause me to be still! I feel like my faith is as strong as it has even been and I pray you hear this without me coming across as arrogant but understanding that it is a genuine feeling of security and peace that I have. But when it comes to my calling and ministry and the project I run I find myself asking more questions than ever before; are we where we need to be? Are we listening enough? Is there something significant we need to be doing?
We’ve worked, we’ve made plans, we’ve tried different things and so all that appears to remain is ‘to do nothing’!!
I wonder whether Moses was aware of the enormity of the task ahead as he prepared to lead the Israelites across the Red Sea. Maybe in these times of uncertainty, with potentially a huge task ahead, what we actually need to do is nothing. It almost goes against everything we know and for someone like me who seems to be hard-wired to ‘do’ it is a massive, massive challenge.
But I trust God, I really do and He has always been present on my journey, so I must now do the unthinkable, and ‘be still!’
It is already uncomfortable but I shall let you know how it goes, because as the passage above says, the Lord fights for me and the Lord will bring deliverance. Enough said!