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March 6th, 2014
I wanna go back to.. EGYPT!
As I mentioned recently, the beginning of March is a stressful time each year for my business managing sports officials. Too little time + Too much to do + my Too little brain puts me in a 'can't see the trees from the forest' mode.
I so quickly forget the blessings in this life and focus on this difficult time acting like it will last forever AND acting like God does not answer prayers.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.. My current circumstances had me thinking to the stories from the book of Exodus where the children of Israel after God miraculously delivered his people from slavery in Egypt concluding with them crossing the Red Sea on dry land.
This 'exodus' from Egypt was filled with miracles, signs, and wonders by the very hand of God was lost on them as they wind up whining in the wilderness. Their faces were long, and their memories were short. Oh sure God parted the Red Sea so we would not be killed, BUT what has he done for us lately?
When I was younger reading this story of God's deliverance I sometimes shook my head thinking how sad they had such little faith, and such short memories. I would NEVER be so ungrateful..BUT.. upon further review.. I think I would fit right in.
I'm so tired but I have too much to do. My trees from the forest vantage point tells me foolishly life will NEVER be better again. Too much responsibility, and demands on me a bear of very little brain (ie Winnie the Pooh).
I can't do it.. I don't want to do it. Where is God? Can't he see I am unhappy? Can't he see my pouty face?
So while I would like to say I would be Moses right hand man, I more likely would have been the guy crossing the Red Sea wearing water wings, and a floatation device nabbed back at the Nile YMCA.
WRITE IT ON A ROCK..Years ago I heard a sermon at church where our pastor gave the instruction.. To take note of when God answers your prayers in both big and small ways... and WRITE IT ON A ROCK. Meaning make a permanent record of God's providence in our lives to remind us when I jump into 'trees from forest mode.'
Pr 3:5-6 Trust God with all our hearts and lean not in our own understanding. In all our ways acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths.
Great scripture, but easier said than done when I am feeling overwelmed and my perspective is skewed.
May God bless each of you with his promise of provision even when you cry out "My God my God why have you forsaken me". Wait patiently for his answers to life's troubles, stay the course, trust in God, and .. cancel that ticket to Egypt.
Jeff (rollercoastering in the Back Pew) Larson
The Back Pew is a collection of Christian cartoons and writings with the mission of sharing Clean Humor and God's Truth.The Back Pew believes it is ok to have a sense of humor and still be allowed in Heaven.
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