This past Sunday we had the privilege of hearing from the word of God.
Our church is going through the book of Exodus and our pastor Kevin brought a lot of attention to a certain matter… positioning.
Do you know how God asked the Israelites to camp after they were brought out of Egypt?!
By the sea, with their backs to Egypt
“You want me to backtrack to the worst strategic place possible, march back to the kill zone?”
God wants His glory to be seen, again, and for the Egyptians to know that He is Yahweh.
10 plagues weren’t enough. He is for His glory, He wants to be known. So He positions the Israelites to help Him see through with His plan. This isn’t about them; it is completely about Him and His name.
Their positioning put them in a great place of fear when they saw the Egyptians coming. There was nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. There was a whole lot of trust to rely on.
How often does God have us somewhere, with someone, for His purposes and all we can think about is the way if effects us, makes us comfortable, or uncomfortable?
He sometimes has a different plan than our plan. His plan is always the right plan.
We have to believe that. We have to trust that. We have to walk in His calling and fear NOT.
The strongest negative imperative in the entire Hebrew bible is in this verse and it is to fear not.
“And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:13 & 14
Hopefully, you know what happens after that… God clears the way, makes one obvious path for His people and uses that same path as one of destruction for those trying to hurt His people.
All this positioning of the Israelites has me thinking even more about Haddon’s positioning (I know I connect dots in weird ways).
If you aren’t new to this blog you know that I have a birth plan hope. Sometimes I fear that it won’t go AT ALL as I hope and that I’ll have to get surgery (which I know, isn’t the worst thing).
Sunday night Haddon changed positions into a very uncomfortable for mama one. He didn’t stay in it. In fact, I feel fine today (praise the LORD, seriously), his positioning makes all the difference in the world in how I move and feel.
I know he is getting cramped in there… we have a 3 day shy of full time baby so poor thing doesn’t have a lot of room. He hasn’t dropped though and so still moves “as free as can be”. I’m praying that he would be in the right position for his mama’s body to move him down to welcome him into this world without crazy amounts of intervention.
Would you join me in some prayers on position? We would greatly appreciate it.
That Haddon would be physically positioned perfectly to have labor progress and come out on his own?
On a more long term note…
That God would position his little heart to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of Him and position Micah and mine’s to be able to humbly serve and teach this little boy and each other?
Anyway, regardless of how Haddon decides to lay, and what happens with Micah’s work situation, and where we live, and yada yada yada.
I need to be still, watch, and know that He is God, hoping someday my faith will be counted as righteousness.
- In case you’re interested in more on God’s positioning of the Israelites, check out our sermon from Sunday.
- In case you’re interested in more on baby’s positioning and how much it affects birth, check it out (how come no one talks about this stuff?!)