I am a planner. When I make plans, I usually think about what is more convenient for me, but sometimes God has different plans for me. Even though I’ve learned to trust God’s infinite knowledge in providing the best outcome, following God’s plans is not always the most convenient route.
When the Israelites left Egypt, God led them into the wilderness, guiding them with a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire during the night. When the Pharaoh's troops chased after them, panic set in. They began to complain and question God’s decision to take them out of Egypt and into the wilderness.
Moses told the people of God to not be afraid, stand still and watch God rescue them. While reading through the chapter, there is a verse that caught my attention right before Moses parted the Red Sea: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!’” (Exodus 14:15)
I can relate to the Israelites when plans are not going my way, and I begin questioning God about the path he has placed me on. When we become focused on the problem, we forget the way God has manifested in our lives, just like the Israelites forgot how God had manifested in Egypt.
Rather than moving, we become paralyzed and may not realize our prayers are in the process of being answered. In those moments we need to remember Exodus 14:15 and get moving.
My prayer is that we learn to move in the path God has placed us on and that we may get excited for the process toward the victory because it means we will see God work in incredible ways.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” –Psalm 16:11
Written by Liliana Alejandrez, family coach at the Buckner Family Hope Center in Peñitas, Texas.