Things are spinning out of control, and you don’t know what to do. You’ve sought to control the situation or person, but instead of 1 step forward, it feels like you’ve slipped back 10. You’ve prayed and prayed, but the situation or person is not improving!
What’s a Jesus Girl to do?
Have faith like Moses.
Our friend Moses knew a thing or two about situations out of his control, like herding a million plus people from captivity to freedom.
All appeared to be going smoothly until the very people they were previously enslaved to were seen bounding upon their heels fast and furious.
And just like that, joy and laughter turned to anger and finger-pointing as the free now longed for their days of slavery! Clearly, what they saw caused them to forget all they had previously seen God do.
What’s a man to do?
Allow what God said -- He'd be with them and deliver them -- to guide his steps.
With sheer pandemonium threatening to break loose, he sternly commanded the masses,
“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.”
Here are 3 imperatives to practice when life is spinning out of control:
I’m sure as the horizon was darkened by rapidly approaching Egyptians, many Israelites wanted to flee. However, Moses stopped that before it could happen with the command to stand.
The same can happen to us. As a situation appears to darken any light, our thoughts slide into survival mode, often with the idea to “Flee!” topping the list. But God commands us to stand, to stand firm.
In other words, don't bail on that hard marriage or that difficult parenting situation or that frustrating church or work situation. Stand and see God fight for you.
I was recently on a flight when the plane flew into some turbulence. One of the flight attendants was standing, and a passenger questioned how she could stay upright. She smiled and said she’s flown so much it is as if she has velcro on her feet.
I like that.
When the turbulence of life hits us, we need to stand, to stand firm, as if we have velcro on our feet, waiting for, trusting that God will fight for us.
Goodness, what short memories these Israelites had of all the miracles God’s mighty hand had performed to grant them freedom. But in the face of fear they had forgotten what they knew to be true, God was more powerful than the Egyptians.
Moses commanded them to see, to see with new eyes and understanding, the might of their God.
The same is true for us, especially in times where we have no control over how a situation is unfolding; we need to see God with new understanding. I love Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:18 and 19
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may
know the hope to which He has called you,
the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people,
and His incomparably great power for us who believe.
The eyes of your heart - to know that you know, to understand deeper and fuller, all that is ours in Christ Jesus, His love, joy, and peace, and His un-defeat-able, resurrection power. Woohoo! We could have church right here and now!
But how does one see with new understanding?
3. Be still.
This "be still" is actually be silent; in other words, don’t. say. one. word. In preparation for this post, my man and I were reading Exodus 14 together. When we got to this part, he said, “Did Moses just tell them to ‘shut up!’?” lol. We will leave that to your interpretation, but you get the idea.
If you read the verse preceding his command to stand and see, there was a whole lot of fear mongering going on. The Israelites were allowing what they could see — rapidly approaching Egyptians intent on doing them harm — make them forget what God had done for them and could still do for them!
How often when things are slipping from our grasp, do we speak, speak unprompted, in the flesh, causing further harm and confusion and discord?
Jesus Girl, often times, we need just to shut our mouths and allow God to fight our battles.
Psalm 46:10 says it best,
“Be still (don’t.say.a.word, don't get flustered)
and know (further understand, learn more about God and lean into that knowledge)
that I am God.”
Like a splash of cold water, Moses snapped the Israelites out of their panic mode in the face of a situation out of their control. Why? He saw God do the impossible before and had faith He would do what He said He would do, deliver them from the Egyptians.
That's how we too can be in control when things are out of control: stand, see, and be still.
When things spin out of our control, the best way for us to be in control is to relinquish control to the One who has control over the heavens and the earth. Thus embracing a 2 Timothy 1:7 mindset:
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid (fearful),
but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.
Power, love, and self-discipline. Sounds pretty in control to me. May your faith today be like Moses's, so you can stand and see the salvation of the Lord in whatever situation feels, but isn't, out of control in God's very capable hands.
Tammy Valdivia - Jesus Girl. Wife. Momma. Student. Teacher. Confidante. Lover of milky coffee, dark chocolate, deep talks, lively laughter, and a front row seat on the beach at sunrise.