Friday, October 14, 2011

The harder way

It seems as though I'm not very good at just being still.  (And yes, this goes for all of life.  I'm a foot tapper too.) The reason I say that, is because I have this verse that follows me around whenever I'm in crisis.  I flip on the radio, and someone is quoting it.  I turn the page in a devotional book and it's at the top of the text.  My bible falls open, and I see that I've highlighted it eleventy hundred times.  The point is, this is kinda my red flag verse because whenever I see it, I know to listen up, something good's coming my way. 
 Moses answered the people, 'Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today ... the LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still (Exodus 14:13-14, NIV)




When I opened my daily online devo today, that was the heading verse.  I knew right there, that whatever followed, it was for me.  I wasn't wrong.  

Gwen Smith writes, "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." So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea (Exodus 13:17-18a, NIV).  As God moved through the leadership of Moses to bring His people from captivity to freedom, from poverty to inheritance, the Israelites were not led the easy way. They didn’t get to take the “paved” road – even though it was shorter. They had to walk through the desert. God led them the harder way because He knew it was best for them in the long run. Sometimes we are led the harder way too. The broken way. Even though our minds conceive an easier solution, He knows what is unknown to us, He sees what is unseen to us, and His ways are trustworthy and best."
 
Don't you just completely love that?  I mean I kinda hate the fact that sometimes we have to go the harder way when we go through a thing... but I love that He knows best.  
 Oh, and because I love you guys and all the sweet words of encouragement you've been showering me with this week, I wanted to say thank you by giving one of these burlap coffee bags away on my Facebook page.  Come on over, and share your favorite part of fall with us!

12 comments:

  1. Love the message : -) And the white pumpkins in the tool box - Genius!

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  2. That is an important message. The pics are terrific!

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  3. isn't it just amazing that God plants just what we need to hear/read at that moment?! i wish whatever it was you all are facing, that i could give you a big hug right now! but i'm praying still:)

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  4. God is just so BIG! I love that he sees that end. And I love that he provides that deliverance that we so often need when the road is long and hard. Thanks for sharing. I'm praying you receive the "God-sized" deliverance you deserve. I've been down a long road, that I'm hoping to see something great at the end.

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  5. I just finished reading The Help. You mentioned it in one of your posts, and I take book suggestions from friends very seriously. ;) Wow, was it a fantastic read. I am cautiously optimistic about seeing the movie. The only movie that's ever lived up to the book to me was The Princess Bride. Anywho, I just wanted to thank you for putting that tickler out there on The Help. What a gripping story!

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  6. No facebook page but I love the crisp air and pumpkins...and the devotional you shared!!

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  7. love this. what a great feeling that we can let go of all control and still be taken care of. praying for y'all. :)

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  8. Hey sweetie. Isn't that the hardest thing sometimes for us go getters?? To be still and know that he is God! Don't we just want to hurry up and get it over with already! Thank God he's patient with us so that he can do a complete work! Love ya girl!! Just sent ya an email with a techy question. Have a wonderful weekend! I'm going to see footloose today! hooray!

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  9. it is comforting and irritating..
    i mean it's comforting that god knows whats best but i cant even fathom that while i'm going the long painful way.
    it takes daily reminders for sure. why do we have to be so darn human?

    thanks again sasha.

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  10. That is a great verse and message. We went to the high school football game last night and I was complaining about where my husband sat and decided to stop complaining and sit there and I met the nicest lady who lives near me, hopefully a new friend. Relinquishing control can be a good thing with good blessings. I'm sure your cup will overflow wherever He leads. Great photos!

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  11. love it! Thanks for sharing the verse! so beautiful! :)

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  12. Love the message, and the white pumpkins! You are right, we aren't always taken the easy path, but have you considered that what we think may be the easier path, may in fact be the harder way....Hind sight is always 20/20 but sometimes I think my vision is corrupt on what is truly easier, vs harder. The path with rainbows had to have showers at some point... Just sayin'. Miss you!

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