Written by Pat Klein
Finally finding a coffee table that fit our condo, I thought it would be nice for my disabled husband and myself to drive into Toronto to get it.
But the day dawned cold and rainy, and he declined going. Later, alone, trusting my GPS, I felt that “somebody” was hovering above me knowing exactly where I was, and gave specific directions. It seemed amazing that signals bouncing into the atmosphere and back, could be so precise.
Often the Holy Spirit is like a GPS! ‘Go here’, ‘Now do this’, ‘No, erase that phrase’, and on and on.
Recently I committed to leading a funeral service on short notice. There were already plenty of commitments in the one day for preparation. “Lord, you’re going to have to guide through these hours.” And He did! It was a pretty amazing twenty-four hours!
Not all days are like that of course. Often, we need to just be faithful without specific impressions at each step.
Remember times you weren’t aware of being led, then suddenly realized HE was actively coordinating the details?
Once I decided to visit a terminally ill man. I called ahead, only to learn he had actually just died. His wife was out for a walk, having left him with a young PSW. God wanted me, a former palliative nurse, to minister there that day. He leads!
Tucked in the early scriptures we find:
With your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed. In your might, you guide them to your sacred home.” Exodus 13:15
The Jews were in an impossible situation – slaves in the then mightiest kingdom of the world. Still, they doggedly taught their children they were chosen people, and one day the entire world would be blessed through them. Steadily conditions worsened. Though young Moses learned the promise from his mother Jochebed, for eighty years there’d been no sign it could happen.
Then GOD INVADED! As He had called Abraham, so God called Moses.
We know the story. Showdowns with Pharaoh. Plagues. Passover night. Literally chased out of Egypt! Terror as Pharoah’s army thundered after them.
Then … then … they crossed the Red Sea on dry ground!! The Egyptian army was wiped out!!
From the other side, seeing dead Egyptians along the shore, they could only contemplate the awesome power of their God!
The song rang out:
With your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed.
In your might, you guide them to your sacred home.” Exodus 13:15
GOD invades our lives. He leads us, with love and might.
Of course, the story following is far different. Doubts, complaints, betrayals, mistakes and more. Yet God led them and guided them in his unfailing love and might.
So with us.
Divisions, politics, the pandemic, restrictions, grief, burnout, loneliness, financial pressures, needing to find new ways to minister the Gospel, to care, to worship. Someone recently said, “This is the hardest year of our twenty-five years in ministry by far.”
Jochebed could identify with us.
But sing with me:
I’ve learned to know a name I highly treasure.
O how it thrills my spirit through and through!
O precious name, beyond degree or measure,
My heart is stirred whene’er I think of You!
My heart is thrilled whene’er I think of Jesus,
That blessed name which sets the captive free-
The only name through which I find salvation.
No one on earth has meant so much to me.
Oscar C Eliason, copyright 1946, 1993 by Lillenas Publishing Co.
With your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed. In your might, you guide them to your sacred home.”