Out Of Egypt

My filing cabinet broke ages ago, like really broke.

The draws fell off and the wheels didn’t move and all the things. During the house redo, I just shoved it in a corner, but since we are done *Hurrah* I needed to do something about it.I saw this little beauty of a dresser at a thrift store and decided that I could use the large bottom draw as a place for files, IF i condensed it.
Turns out we have a lot of files. Like a lot.

So I sat down in a mess of papers for a day and went thru each one, it was a longggg day, but I got thru it and they fit in the draw and ALL WAS WELL.

About now your all “ok so whats that got to do with egypt. These papers made with reeds from the Nile river or something girlfriend? Cause ya just raving!”
That I am, but I promise there is a point.

In my file culling and re arranging I came across a tinyyyyy little paper with about three lines on it. And it made me cry.

Call me sappy, or just super hormonal. Y’all would not be wrong there. {6 months preggers and those hormone are flowing!}

But this little paper had me stop and just thank God. Really.

You see, back in our first year of marriage we had a lot going on. actually, that is a huge understatement.

In that first year we had a few weddings {All for us – wedding hogs;)} moved houses a few times, lived with my lovely in-laws and then bought this little place. We worked through immigration and became leaders of our youth group, all the while my hub worked full-time.

Yeah.
It was fun, crazy, kinda stressful. And in Nov I wound up in the emergency room of our local hospital.

With no health insurance.

If you read that and you live in the US, you get where this is going.
If you don’t, lets just say it’s not great.
And even though we were only there for a few hours, we somehow found our selves with a huge medical bill.

We were worried. And as 20-year-old newly weds who had a crazy year including buying a house, it seemed like we finally hit the “too much” button.

We talked, and prayed, and met with the hospital to figure this all out.

Months went by, and nothing. We got nervous, but kept going. Life kept happening.

And then God stepped in, like He always does, and he brought us out of Egypt. 

A little paper came and it said that we owed nothing.

Not a thing.

Paid in full.

Which had shivers down my spine then, and still does now, cause it reminds me so much of something else that got paid in full for me.

And I sat on my bathroom floor, with papers around me, and cried.

Because I remember being 20 and scared, with too much going on, overwhelmed and seeming silence from Heaven.

Only to find that I was wrong *Again* and God had a plan.

Then I felt sad.
Sad that I had forgotten about how God had brought me from “Egypt” and led me out. Sad that I would forget such a huge blessing he placed in my life. Sad that He moves mountains, and I don’t even remember.

How many other times had he done this for me? How many times did I cry to God for deliverance, and receive it, only to go on my merry way again and forget?

I know people say to never look back, keep going forward. It’s not where you’re from, but were you are going. And sure, part of that is true.

But some of it is not.

We should look back. If only to remember.

We should look back and remember what God has done.Remember where we were, what He did, and how he lead us out of Egypt.
To think about those amazing miracles He did, the water he moved, and the dry ground he placed us on.

Why do this? Wont we get sad/mad/down?
Oh no no. Do it, because we become thankful, grateful and filled with love.
Do it because we are reminded that HE HAS A PLAN. He IS listening. And He IS in control.

It builds our faith. It helps us get thru the next hurdle, the next trial, that we face.

The next time we are in an “Egypt” we remember those times God came and He saved.

We look at what God has brought us through and from, we thank Him and we charge ahead, knowing that He’ll do it again.

There are over 87 mentioned of God taking Israel out of egypt. He commands them to remember, to go back and think, and to still be in awe of His mighty hand. And He commands us too remember too.

So I sat there and thought. 

I started counting all my “Egypts” and all the my “dry grounds” that God then placed me.

There are many. And as I went thru I realized something…

And not once, NOT ONE TIME, was I left in my mud, building bricks. Not once was a left a slave. Left alone, with no salvation.

Sometimes it sure felt like 400 years, and it wasn’t easy, but He always came and led me out.

Every. Single. Time. 

And I know I’ll end up there again, mostly from my own stupidity I’m sure, and I’ll toil and work and cry out.

But I know, 1000% that I will be led out of Egypt. I don’t know anyone with a better track record for saving than The Lord God Almighty.

I’m still standing. Still moving forward.

So look back. Remember. Count your Egypt’s, your dry ground, your miracles.

And remember that, at the end of the day, He will lead you to the best promised land, and you don’t need to worry, because you too have been paid in full.

Love,

New Little *Out-Of-Egpyt* Wife.

 

 

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red Sea[a] asunder
His love endures forever.
14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.

16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;
His love endures forever.

17 to him who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
18 and killed mighty kings—
His love endures forever.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
20 and Og king of Bashan—
His love endures forever.
21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
22 an inheritance to his servant Israel.
His love endures forever.

23 He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24 and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.

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