The Path Through
January 16, 2017 Kristin Mitchell

The Path Through

Kristin Becnel
Kristin Becnel
January 16 2017

Kristin Becnel | Creative Executive Director | Bayside Community Church | Bradenton, FL

 

Have you ever faced a situation where it seems there’s no way you’ll make it through? You find yourself standing on the shore of something big and you’re begging God to remove the obstacle that’s in front of you. And while sometimes He does, sometimes He doesn’t. I can relate.

I’ll never forget the phone call my husband and I received on June 2, 2015. Our 1-year-old daughter had been diagnosed with leukemia. After we hung up the phone I could barley lift myself off the ground. I had no breath, only tears. I couldn’t think and I certainly couldn’t understand. There we stood in front of the largest obstacle we had ever faced.

It’s hard to believe that God has a plan when all you see is the obstacle. When the Israelites left Egypt they found themselves pressed in on every side. The Egyptians were chasing them from behind and the enormous Red Sea stood in front of them. There was nowhere to go. Helpless, they cried out, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness… What have you done to us?” (Exodus 14:11).

Sound familiar? I know it does to me. Why would a God who loves me so much let this happen? But in the midst of the Israelite’s Red Sea, God did have a plan. He had a plan in the middle of my “Red Sea” and He has a plan in the middle of yours.

“Then Moses raised his hand over the sea and the Lord opened up a path through the water…” (Exodus 14:21). God’s plan to deliver the Israelites from their biggest obstacle was to take them straight through it.

Sometimes you have to walk through things. But when you do, remember that you aren’t walking through them alone. God isn’t punishing you and He hasn’t abandoned you  – He is actually the reason you are able to walk through the obstacles your facing. And no matter how big the “Red Sea” is in front of you He will make a way through.

We did make it through our Red Sea and on December 4, 2015 we received the phone call we had believed God for since our daughter’s diagnosis. Her final tests showed that she was 100% healed and free of all leukemia!

God is a good God and He loves us more than we will ever understand. Even when we face obstacles—pain, loss, and circumstances that can’t be explained, He is still good and His purpose in and for us is good. We made it through with God’s help… and so will you.

 

Psalm 77:19 (NLT) “Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there!”

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