April 24, 2010

Red Sea Splitting God

We have been the recipient of so many wonderful gifts recently.  Gifts that I don't deserve.  Gifts of prayer, time, love, gift cards, flowers... the list goes on.  One gift that I received that I have been able to use every day (and just got done using this morning) is a devotional by Yvonne Ortega. 

Today's reading referenced God as a Red Sea Splitting God.  A God that divided the seas!  What a powerful God we serve!  That was such a comfort to me today.

And another comfort from that same reading is Isaiah 43:2
First the NIV version:
When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

And from the Message:
When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you.

When you're in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you're between a rock and a hard place,
it won't be a dead end—
(v.3) Because I am God, your personal God
I find much comfort in this verse, God is here.  I know God is here, he's made it undeniably clear throughout all of this.  His present is felt daily/hourly/every minute.  But when things get tough it's easy to forget that.  It's easy to wonder where he is and why this is happening.  But God has a purpose in all of this, I don't know what it is, I may never know what it is, but it is a part of his perfect will and being in his will is the best place to be (although not always the easist). 
If you have prayed for us or gifted us in another way please know that we are so thankful.  We are overwhelmed, we are struggling to know how to be gracious and accept these gifts.  Accepting help does not come easy to us but we are learning.  I pray that we are able to show our complete gratitude to all of you.  I pray that you never wonder whether we are truly thankful.  We are so so so thankful and overwhelmed by your goodness.  God has truly blessed us with an amazing circle of family and friends, without you all I don't know how I would ever get through all of this!


Anonymous said...

Awesome Scripture!! Hold onto that one all week, as we pray you through. It was great to see you today and to be able to spend time with Landon. The Custers :)

Tara Follett said...

You've been in our prayers! Thanks for the blog post. We do serve an awesome God! We will be praying for you this week as you wait anxiously for Friday.

The Schrotenboer's said...

You and your family have been in our prayers. We pray he will let you be less anxious this week for Friday. Our God is an awesome God.
The Schrotenboer's

Joanne said...

Your postings tell the sweet story of God answering the prayers of so many who love you ...for His promised peace that passes all our human understanding!
...and for that I will continue to pray this week.

Bobbie Jo said...

Love you.

Mary said...

Praying constantly----We all love you....Love, Mary