I was born in Brazil in 1949 to immigrant parents from Europe who sought refuge to escape the Iron Curtain. Portuguese was my second language and as I recall looking up at the marvelous bluest of skies from the whitest of sand covered beaches, ” Vai com Deus” filters through my bones still.
It means, go with God. That phrase remains in my heart like a prayer.
The beauty of languages in different nations is yet another God given gift to all mankind. It is in communicating with one another that we grow in this spectacular planet. Oh, how I wish oppression did not exist. How did it ever get started and how many more years before humans unite for God in peace, atone for personal wrongs, and agree to live in peace by obedience to the Ten Commandments? Our time is a blink’s time to God. In our time, the holiness is elusive because we are limited. Limits are personal. They are the barriers we scale to overcome the block.
Moses is at the crossroads placed by God to teach us thousands of years later the lessons too few still choose to learn. That choice is here. In helping the Israelites to depart Egypt in Exodus, I believe Moses believed he was going with God. He was the Jewish boy raised in Pharaoh’s palace, then outcast in the desert land, and then be astonished by the mysterious burning bush. The magnificence of the story in a book filled with miracles, Exodus records the Ten Commandments.
” The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering…. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.’ ” __Exodus 3: 7-10
Does God prepare and lead us as well? Can we seek His guidance, and if so , how? I believe He does prepare and lead us to where we can grow. I believe He does guide us when we seek His word as it is written in the Bible. He is never farther than our breadth. We can and and obey to know His love, and His peace, both will bring us joy.
As I flip through the Bible, I find a quote in the preface to Philippians: ” In contrast to happiness stands joy. Running deeper and stronger, joy is the quiet, confident assurance of God’s love and work in our lives–that he will be there no matter what! Happiness depends on happenings, but joy depends on Christ.”
Today is a special day. March 10th is the birthday of my dearest departed friend Kitty’s oldest son. She gave me the Zondervan Bible I cherish to nurture my heart. Years ago, I painted a heart felt quote for Nick:
” Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” __Philippians 4:8
As a lenten gift, on this Sunday of forgiveness, I pray we can all go forth in faith to serve the Lord our best. Know He knows our hearts. Let us all go with God. Amen.