What Hasn’t Happened Yet? — A Guest Post
(A Guest Post by my dear friend Crystal Gurevich)
Bricks and Deserts.
There are times in our lives where we go through really difficult, hard-to-get-through messes. During these times we feel so lost— like we can’t come up for air because we don’t even know which way is up. We are in a constant state of questioning because we just want an answer to the pain. We pray that our pain will go away, but it just looks like the pain is getting worse.
That happened to the people of God while they were in slavery in Egypt, too.
They had cried out to God to save them, and God graciously heard their prayers and sent Moses to be their spokesperson to speak to the Pharaoh. Moses’ job was to continually give Pharaoh a direct message from God: “Let My people go.”
And Pharaoh continually responded, “I do not know your God, and I will not let them go.”
One day, Pharaoh’s response to came with an addition— he ordered the enslaved Israelites to not only continue their back-breaking work of making bricks in the hot Egyptian sun; he also ordered them to make the bricks without straw. He even called them lazy. Multiple times.
So not only had the slaves cried out to God for salvation, but it appeared that the one who came to help deliver them made their jobs exponentially harder. (Exodus 5:20-21)
They prayed for their pain to go away, but it kept getting worse.
The situation not only made the people question, it made Moses ask “Why?” too.
“Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” ~Exodus 5:22-23
“Why God?” Moses asked. “What are you doing? Ever since I have stepped out in faith and tried to make things better, it has only gotten worse. And on top of that, you still haven’t done what you said you would do.
God’s response to Moses is so beautiful: “Just wait…and see what hasn’t happened yet.”
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.” ~Exodus 6:1
And Pharaoh eventually did just that. But not before ten plagues decimated his entire country. (See Exodus Chapters 7-11)
It was just as God had said.
When Moses was looking around, asking why, trying to figure out which way was up, trying to catch some air, God already knew what His perfect plan was.
He already knew what His promise to His children was. And He cannot lie.
“Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant. Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.'” ~Exodus 6:5-8
He knows what His perfect plan is for you, too.
It is so easy to feel lost when it feels like we can’t breathe under the pressure of having to make bricks in the hot Egyptian sun without straw after we’ve already prayed.
But while we’re doing that, God’s perfect plan is already promised to us. It’s just in front of us. It’s what hasn’t happened yet— but it will.
And even when the Israelites left Egypt in victory, they immediately entered a hot desert with their enemies chasing them down. But God was in the hot desert, too.
He is bigger, better, stronger, faster, and more perfect than our enemy.
His promise was still in front of them— even though their enemy was chasing behind them.
And even when God parted the Red Sea and crushed their enemy— they had to wake up each morning in a desert. Not in their Promised Land. That was still in front of them. They just had to wake up each morning knowing that, trusting that.
But that’s hard sometimes. I know. I totally know.
When you want to ask why it just seems to keep getting harder, keep reminding yourself of what hasn’t happened yet.
One day you’ll be able to tell which way is up, and then you’ll be able to catch your breath. You’ll then be able to see your Promised Land in the distance. And, one day, it will be right in front of you.
One day. He promises. And He can’t lie. It’s in front of you.
After the bricks and the dessert.
What Hasn’t Happened Yet?
[This is Day 27 of the Write 31 Days Challenge. This year my focus is on the role of STORY in our lives. Click here to get to the landing page with links to each post for this series.]
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What about you?
What trial are you going through that you need to turn back to God and say “Okay, Lord. This is hard… But please show me: What Hasn’t Happened Yet?”
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