She is a chai latte addict who recently began adding a shot of espresso to her latte for an extra kick.
Today she shares how she found rest in the midst of an unwanted season in her life. Thank you Amy for such a powerful story.
As a seven-year-old, I wanted to be She-ra Princess of Power.
Her power stance and universe-saving capacity appealed to me. Any 80’s girl with brothers knows that strong and mighty She-ra is He-man’s twin sister.
Five years ago I faced an unwanted, and brutally crushing divorce from my Godly, youth pastor husband. This kind and hilarious man filled these deep desires of my heart to be known and understood. His love entered spaces in my independent heart that I once felt capable of filling myself.
When this relationship vanished, I didn’t feel known anymore. The girl I used to be faded away until I felt invisible. She-ra disintegrated and only shriveled up Amy remained.
This plunged me into a crisis of Israelite magnitude.
Down-right, restless wandering in the open desert can bring us right to the foot of our Savior.
In Exodus 14, God is preparing the Israelites to be miraculously delivered from the Egyptians at the Red Sea. They have lost everything. The life they knew has been torn away, and nothing is right anymore. They would rather die than proceed along this daunting desert path. They would rather be enslaved than open their eyes and witness God’s deliberate provision.
Exodus 14:11-12- (ESV) They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt: Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
God speaks through Moses and encourages the people to follow four important steps to build a quiet, restful, empowerment and lean head-first into the faith that God is attempting to cultivate:
Exodus 14:13-14- (ESV) And Moses said to the people, Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today…the Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
God whispers in my ear with His arm gently wrapped around my hunched shoulders…
Fear not my daughter– I’ve got you safely in My strong hand.
Stand firm soldier of mine– You’re strong in WHO I AM, not in who you are. Have confidence.
See my Salvation with your whole heart– I AM your Eternal home.
You have only to be silent– I hear your heart dear one, you don’t even have to put your pain into words; trust me to fight for you.
I will always be divorced. Reconciliation with my ex-husband is not possible. Seasons stream from one to the next without end, but God is in them all.
The Israelites did not realize that God was preparing them for a miraculous crossing of the Red Sea on foot. A new season was upon them. God prepares our hearts to accept His power, His strength, His provision, His understanding of who we are, and what we need in every moment.I find rest in my identity in Christ, not in my circumstances. #livingfreetogether #rest Click To Tweet
I’m still trying to figure out who I am. I’m certainly no She-ra. Nor am I shriveled up Amy crouching in the corner, trembling in fear.
I am God’s girl. Resting in His presence. His identity for me.
I am so known. So loved. So heard. So empowered to do God’s work.
Only be silent and rest dear friend. Find power in His fight for you. That’s what I call a true power stance and real universe-saving capacity!
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We gave away this beautiful picture.
Amy says: God admonishes the Israelites in Exodus 14:14 to keep our eyes focused on our real empowerment. This amazing art piece by Mackenzie O’Dell reminds us of that promise. She creates pieces that serve as a daily reminder of God’s love, grace, and provision.
You can find more about her and her work at www.mackenziejoandesigns.com.
Q: What is one thing I can do today to rest in God’s fight for me rather than stepping in to handle the problem myself?
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Related resources to help you
- The Mended Heart: God’s Healing for Your Broken Places
- The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom of Forgiveness