Moving Forward

  We've all had times in our lives where we've had to let go and move forward. It's not an easy thing to do many times. Whether it's a mistake we or others have made, a relationship that has changed or the loss of a job or loved one, or even just getting out of a rut. It all can be hard to leave behind, pick up the pieces, and move on. However, it is a healthy process, that God encourages us to practice.  

When the children of Israel were fleeing Egypt, they were scared and confused and thought perhaps they would be better off serving the Egyptians instead of facing what they thought would be death of starvation and thirst in the wilderness. (Exodus 14:12 NKJV). Moses said "The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." And the Lord said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward." (v. 14-15)  As instructed by God, Moses lifted up his rod and stretched his hand to part the waves of the Red Sea. (v. 16). Now as frightened as the children of Israel were about famishing in the wilderness can you imagine how fearful they must have been to walk through a dry path in the sea, with sea animals and huge walls of water on each side?     

God's love for us is really the only thing that truly remains constant at all times. For all other things, change is constant.  Therefore, we must trust that God will carry us through no matter what.  It is a hard thing to do, just as it was for the children of Israel. For even after they crossed through the parted Red Sea, they continued to distrust God's love for them and complained to Moses on many occassions. They weren't trying to move forward, but instead continued to look back at what there lives would have been serving the Egyptians.   

Sometimes God is ready for us to go down paths we don't even know are there. We must listen and follow. If we're too focused on a door that just closed, we might miss the one that just opened.  

Dear God, open our eyes to the opportunities you have set before us. Thank you for your ever present love for us. We give thanks for your guidance and for moving us forward.  Amen.   

Wendy Saathoff

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