Life's challenges are bearable,even easy when we're not alone. I could be stranded on a desert island or on the freeway without a spare tire and I still have someone to depend on. Sometimes I just have to remind myself to "sit awhile." …..It turned out that whenever Moses raised his hands, Israel was winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, Amalek was winning. But Moses' hands got tired. So they got a stone and set it under him. He sat on it and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands remained steady until the sun went down. Joshua defeated Amalek and its army in battle. Exodus 17:9-11
Often when we are in need of a miracle the circumstances can be overwhelming. When what our eyes see and the heart knows are at odds with each other it can quickly bring the mighty to exhaustion.
Our family was at this point when my younger sister had been in ICU for nine days. Then one of my beautiful mentors was praying over me for my family’s strength she reminded me of this story. Rereading it I was surprised when I saw that Moses was placed on a rock. I had not remembered this key element of the story and I love the imagery throughout Moses' life with “the rock”. He couldn't seem to get away from it. Then, there's the parallel that Jesus is our rock.
Moses does not even have the strength to stand. The image of Aaron and Hur bringing this rock to seat him on and propping his arms up for him till victory comes is not really the image of a mighty contender but rather a team that know God is on their side and it going to take a team effort to get to victory. Leaving no doubt it is God’s victory.
In the biggest battles of our lives when we are worn out and feel done we can be seated on our “rock” Jesus. The rock of our salvation! Our cornerstone! God is not afraid of our exhaustion. In fact He is aware of it and encourages us throughout scripture to place ourselves in relationship for this very reason.
Miracles come in different ways and at times they have to be contended for. Some fights are long and exhausting and more than we can do alone. So if its seated or standing let us be sure He is our support. Also let us allow those in our lives to hold us up when needed.
Our miracle came after 11 days in ICU she woke up and has defied all the odds.Yeah God!!
Is it easy or difficult for you to accept help during crisis?
Lord, thank you for always being there. Your love never fails and you never leave us. Help us find our strength and courage in you when we need it and to be encouragers when others need it. Amen