Many of you know by now that 3 days ago on Tuesday afternoon we were given a heartbreaking report from Kate’s latest MRI. We are devastated but holding out hope, fearful but clinging on with whatever faith we can in the moment. The prayers and comments we have received in the past few days are staggering. Kate desperately needs your prayers and for that matter so do we! Here is one way God has spoken this week, a glimmer of light in our darkness.
Holly’s sister Carrie wrote this to me this morning…
“Over the past few days, very close, authentic friends of mine from all different locations and places in life have emailed, called, or sent fb messages concerning Kate. They have fallen in love with Kate and your family over the past year and a half.
The messages were compassionate and full of commitments to pray. The one thing I started to find is most of them were using the same scripture, Bible story, and text. I started reading Exodus 14 which many had spoken of and it spoke to me so heavily. Of course it is a story that I have heard and taught about many times. But it infused such a hope and renewed strength that I had to share it with you.”
I (Aaron) was reading this same Scripture a week ago and here is my journal entry for that day…
Exodus 13: 17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.
OBSERVATION: God took them the long way, the way around was the way for Him. This way, the people wouldn’t be as distracted or have the opportunity to lose heart as much, so God orchestrated every detail of their journey.
Exodus 14: 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.”
v.31 31 And when the Israelites saw the great power the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
OBSERVATION: The people experienced God’s deliverance not by the easiest way but by God’s way! His faithful provision and deliverance in their darkest hours so that…
-they feared (reverenced)
-they believed (trusted completely)
APPLICATION: ‘God, you could have at any time delivered us out of our struggles. At any second of the past 19 months Kate could have received total healing by your power. I believe that you have ALL-Power so this isn’t hard for you. However, for whatever reason you have not yet, and we’ve journeyed through valley’s BUT still you’ve been faithful every step.’
Now I pray for deliverance, as we have this MRI on Tuesday…
-that we may fear and believe
-that those faithfully praying will fear and believe
-that a lost world will fear and believe
Well, it didn’t happen on Tuesday, but oh how we pray this would be true now more than ever! Thanks for praying, thanks for trusting God on our behalf. So, we will keep on praying Exodus 14:13-14 prayers to our God!