Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Asking God to part the Sea

Ryan and I are at a time in our lives when we're asking God for things. 

BIG things.

Things that will determine the future of our family. And his career.

We're praying big. Asking big. Petitioning big...even though I know my biggest prayers and my best asking still fall immeasurably short of what God's able to give.

Some moments I think about all the things I've read about life not being about me and my wants and needs.

But then I also remember the truth of Scripture that tells me that God knows every hair on my head and that He cares deeply for each of his creations....and that includes me.

So I feel like I'm balancing between selfishness in making big requests of God and also praying as Scripture tells me to pray and through examples in His Word.

Moses and the Red Sea keep coming to mind as I pray. I recall a time in 2008 when I was challenged to hold my staff high and ask God to open the Sea in my life.

Last night I boldly found myself praying, "God part the Sea again. I don't have any idea what that looks like, but I know you are capable. You've done it before and you can do it again. Part the Sea God, part the Sea."

I am not necessarily asking God for a specific prayer request....I am asking Him to part the Sea. Because I don't know what would be best. I don't know what He has in store. I don't know what's on the other side of this Sea.

I feel like we're being tossed around in a Sea filled with turmoil and indecision and a lack of clarity and so many unknowns. We think we know where we're headed...but then we encounter roadblocks and we're left shaking our heads and wondering if we took a left at the T in the road when we should have taken a right.

Our options are to go around it or through it and we serve a God who parts the waters and allows His people to cross on dry land.

Sometimes I forget how BIG my God is.

He spoke and the world came into existence.

He made the blind to see and the mute to speak.

He hushed the storm and it stilled.

He parted the Sea and His people walked on dry land.

Can you fathom walking through the Red Sea with walls of water on either side? A light mist on your skin as you slowly, timidly walk step by step on dry land...your eyes focused on the shore in the distance? 

I'm believing if God parted the sea for thousands, I know He can part it for us. I am believing He is able.

I don't even know if I know what that would mean for God to part our Sea. But I'm compelled to pray this prayer and hold my staff of faith high.

He doesn't always choose to answer our prayers, but He is able. And so I am asking Him to make ways where there is no way. And I am asking that whatever happens, His glory would be revealed through the parting of the Sea.

Ryan: strap on those Keens baby, I'm believing we're about to walk on dry land!


Jess said...

What a good reminder. Brought tears to my eyes, may God part the sea for you and your family and bless you beyond your wildest dreams. <3

JellyBelly said...

What a beautiful post and a great reminder!