By Bryan Fojtasek, Lead & Family Minister.
It goes against all our strongest instincts… but sometimes the best thing you can do to solve a problem in your life is to sit still. When I was in high school, I learned that one the hard way. It was the day of our homecoming dance. God performed a minor miracle in my life because somehow I convinced a girl to be my homecoming date. But when I woke up the morning of the dance, I noticed there was a big problem. Right smack dab in the middle of my forehead was this giant red pimple the size of New Jersey. I started to panic because I knew this thing was totally obvious. There was no hiding it. It was like a bullseye in the middle of my head.
I started thinking about all the pictures that would be taken and how embarrassing it would be for both me and my date the entire night. So I did what any wise, thoughtful high school student would do. I turned into a mad scientist and tried everything I could think of to get rid of this monstrosity. There was poking, scratching, rubbing and yes… praying. I even found a tip on the internet that said if you rub toothpaste on it, that can dry it out and make it go away. Well it turns out the only thing that does is make my face minty and free of gingivitis.
By the end of it, that pimple looked ten times worse than before! I would have been so much better off just leaving that thing alone.
Sometimes, when we’re faced with a major challenge or a major obstacle, the very best thing we can do it just sit still.
In the book of Exodus, when God’s chosen people marched out of Egypt after years of slavery, the Egyptians came to their senses and realized what a huge mistake they had just made by letting them go. They rallied their forces and came chasing after Israel through the desert. Israel was panicked! They were up against an uncrossable body of water, chased by an undefeatable army, and surrounded by uninhabitable dessert on all sides. They felt that as the Egyptians grew closer and closer, their lives were on the line and the end was near!
Moses looked up, saw the Egyptian army coming, and then addressed the nation of Israel: Exodus 14:13-14, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (NIV)
As you may know, God performed a miracle that day. God opened up a path through that uncrossable water. The undefeatable army was annihilated by the Red Sea. And God provided for his people for years in the uninhabitable desert. There’s no way Israel could have won that fight on their own. Moses knew that their only path to success was to sit back and let God work his miracles.
So often we rush to solve the problem using our best ideas and best abilities. But too often we get in our own way. So today, I want you to try and let go, and let God. Don’t just do something… sit there! And know that God knows your struggle, knows the challenge you’re up against, and he will open up the path forward.
You need only to be still.