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by Debbie on July 21, 2012

For an extended period of time now, I have been experiencing some lower back pain and at times it really is very painful. After months of dealing with this issue I finally decided to go to my doctor for x-rays. After x-rays it was determined that everything looked good and there must be some underlying issue not seen by the x-rays that is causing my pain. My doctor suggested that I have an MRI to see if we could determine what was causing my pain.

When I arrived at my MRI appointment I had to wait for a while and another lady came in and was told she would also have to wait. Seems they were running behind for some reason or another. When I was finally called back for my MRI I found out what caused the wait. The lady explained to me in a very stern, almost military voice, that I must be completely still for 30 minutes. She shared with me in a frustrated voice that the reason my appointment was delayed is because everyone ahead of me could not be still. She stated that one person had to reschedule their appointment because they could not be still and another had to be restarted several times. She seemed to be on her last nerve when she got to me.

I almost wanted to panic and run because my first thoughts were that I would not be able to be completely still for 30 minutes. Who could do that? If the others before me struggled so much, what would assure that I would be any different. That is when the Lord showed up! He brought to my mind a scripture from Psalms 46:10- Be still and know that I am God...!!

My fear disappeared and I felt a renewed strength that I could be still for 30 minutes. The lady gave me orders again with that same stern voice and the procedure began. Believe me there were times I wanted to move some part of my body or scratch an itch, but instead of moving I focused on the word that God had given me and trusted him to help me get through this procedure without disrupting this poor ladies day any further. Before I knew it the time of having to be still was over and I had made it without moving, it truly did seem like a miracle to me. When the lady slid me out of the tunnel she started raving about how I had made it and she kept saying over and over...thank you, thank you, thank you! I knew it was a God thing because I am not capable of being still that long on my own. I knew I had been given a victory because I had focused on the scripture that God brought to my mind.

So many times in our lives we are faced with what seems like impossible circumstances and we get discouraged and want to give up or run away. Let's read about a time when the Israelites felt that way too.

Exodus 14 (NIV)

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. 3 Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ 4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” So the Israelites did this.

5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” 6 So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. 7 He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. 8 The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. 9 The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.

10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

13 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. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”

19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, 20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots and horsemen followed them into the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. 25 He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.”

26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen.” 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the Lord swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen—the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. 30 That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. 31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

The thing that I find interesting in this scripture is in verses 13 and 14 the Israelites are instructed not to be afraid and to stand firm and be still. And then in the next verse they are told to move. I don't know how much time the Israelites had to be still before they got to move on but I know that it must have been hard for them to follow those instructions just as it was hard for me to believe that I could be still for 30 minutes without moving at all.

God's purpose for having us to be still is so that we will know that HE IS GOD...not us. He was the one fighting for the Israelites. They had no way to defend themselves. They could only cry out to God for his deliverance. And deliverance was what they saw. They were victorious because God showed up and showed out. However if they had not listened to the instructions to be still and then waited for more instructions to know when to move on, they would not have been victorious.

What are you facing right now that seems impossible? Is there a Red Sea ahead of you? Are you crying out to God for his deliverance? I hope you know that God can be trusted and that if you are calling on him, he will show up and protect you and provide for you. He is able and willing. He loves you and has good plans for you. Just remember that you need to BE STILL and KNOW THAT HE IS GOD! He will be glorified in your life if you will follow his instructions. Maybe you need to find some time to BE STILL before him and listen to his instructions. He will tell you when to move on and what to do when you move on. Make sure that you don't get ahead of him or fall behind him. Stay with him and he will deliver you and get you where you need to be, when you need to be there.

I am having to BE STILL and wait on my MRI results. I will not know anything until next week but in the mean time I am praying and asking God to handle this issue in my life. I believe he will because I know that he is my God and he loves me.

If you are his child you can know that he is working in your situation. He is fighting for you. He will defeat your enemies. You will see the victory and you will have no one to give credit to but your God. He is for you not against you. He knows where you are and what you are facing and if you are asking for his help, he is working, he is fighting, he is planning your victory. BE STILL and KNOW THAT HE IS GOD!


Trust God With Your Eggs

by Debbie on May 7, 2011

Note: This little story was written when my son was in elementary school. He will be 21 in a few days. In honor of Mother's Day I have chosen to post this as a reminder to all mothers to remember to take time to do the little things that matter the most with your children, and remember also, that when we don't always get it right, God is willing to help us out and make our messes beautiful. Happy Mother's Day everyone!

Psalms 143:8a-Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.

Matthew 19:26-...But with God everything is possible.

Romans 8:28-And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God
and are called according to his purpose for them.

Rush, rush, rush! Lately life had been like a whirlwind for Debbie. So many things to do and so little time. Shopping for groceries, one particular night was one of those times. It was getting late in the evening and Debbie wanted to be home and have her groceries put away before her husband Mike and son Blake returned home from baseball practice.

While going over the list in her mind, she was putting bread, milk, eggs,...one by one into her shopping cart. Hoping she had everything she needed, she checked out and returned home before her family did. She gathered the groceries from the car and put them on the kitchen counter and began putting them away.

Suddenly, Debbie heard bags starting to slide off the counter and crash onto the floor. She looked down to see the bag containing her carton of eggs, on the floor. Her first response was "Oh, no!", and then suddenly she blurted out, "God, I trust you with my eggs!". As she picked up the carton of eggs, she quickly placed them over her kitchen sink.

Did Debbie really trust God with her eggs? The carton was already dripping and she began to be angry with God and also with herself. If she really trusted God, would she have opened the container over the sink? Feeling discouraged with God and with herself for having doubts, she was wondering why God let this happen to her eggs and why she said she trusted God, when obviously she had her doubts.

As Debbie silently talked to God about how she needed those eggs, how she had just bought them, and about her household budget, the thought came to her mind to try and save the cracked eggs. There were a dozen eggs-seven that were cracked and five that survived the crash. She gently poured the cracked eggs into a bowl, and rinsed the other five and placed them in the refrigerator, with doubtful hope of using the cracked eggs before they spoiled. When retiring to bed later, she never gave the eggs a second thought.

Debbie usually got up around 5 A.M. to spend time with God in prayer and to study his Word, however, she was awakened the next morning at 4 A.M. by her cat's meow. She decided to rise and shine. After her quiet time, she realized she still had some time to spare before getting ready for work. She still needed to pack a lunch for her son. As she opened the refrigerator door, she saw the cracked eggs. Suddenly she had a great idea! She would cook a big breakfast for her family!

( Psalms 143:8a-Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.)

For weeks her son Blake, had continuously asked her to cook him a big breakfast before going to school and her reply was always, "I don't have enough time, I'll do it on the weekend." However, the weekends came and were so full of sports and church activities, so that seemed impossible too.

(Matthew 19:26-...But with God everything is possible.)

Suddenly, Debbie realized that God had cracked those eggs! Soon the aroma of eggs, sausage, and biscuits had the family pouring into the kitchen. Smiles and thank you's were abundant that morning. God had been faithful with Debbie's eggs-He knew he would have to crack her eggs to get her to take time to prepare that long requested 'big breakfast'.

(Romans 8:28-And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God
and are called according to his purpose for them.)

God is so faithful, even with the most fragile things in our lives. Tell God today, that you trust him with your eggs!

For further thought: Are there some 'messy' things going on in your life right now, that you are not trusting God to work together for the good? Are you willing to tell God that you trust him with those things today and watch as he works in your life to make them beautiful? Are you trusting God with your children? Are you trusting God with your marriage? Are you trusting God with your health? Are you trusting God with your job or your finances? Are you trusting God with your future? Ask God to show you any areas that you are not trusting Him in today. Ask Him to help you trust Him. He is ready, willing and able to help you! He is faithful!

Dear heavenly Father,
Thank you so much for making something beautiful out of my messy egg situation. I have watched you over the years work so many things out for the good in my life. Please help those who are struggling to trust you today with the messes in their lives. Use this story to strengthen their faith and help them to know that with you all things are possible and that you are able and willing to make something beautiful out of the messes in their lives too. Thank you for our children who trust us so much. Help us not to disappoint them. Help us to be the Mom's that we need to be. Mom's that trust you and know that with you all things are possible and will work out for our good. We love you Father and we thank you for blessing us even when we have our doubts. In Jesus name, Amen.