“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.” Exodus 14:21-22

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1

“He parted the Red Sea,” a beloved friend reminded me one day. “So how can I worry about such and such?” she essentially said.

She was sharing with me how essentially the Lord reminds her to look UPWARD to Him. How quickly she can fall into fear and worry, forgetting that the Lord God almighty who parted the Red Sea for the Israelites as they came out of bondage in Egypt and who created the heavens and has done a zillion other most amazing things in this universe surely knows our needs, cares about us beyond measure, and will provide for us as He so desires.

How humbled I am to think of this. That I worry about the smallest of matters, and big ones too, as though the Lord can’t handle the issues and as though He doesn’t dearly love and care about me!

Drawing close and closer to the Lord isn’t simply about reading the Bible and learning to live by it. It’s about entering deeper and deeper into an intimate, beautifully personal relationship with Him as Father, Savior, Lord, healer, redeemer, teacher, counselor, comforter, and so very much more! Worrying distances us from God, doesn’t it? When we worry, we focus on our challenges, on our weak selves, on this sinful world as we shift our focus off the Lord and His glory and glorious ways.

Let us remember He who created this world, who made us, who formed the heavens, who parted the Red Sea, who gave us His Word, who sent His only Son to the cross to die to pay our sin penalty and rise from the dead, and who has done, is doing, and will do more than we can ever fathom in the way of the supernatural and wondrous, loves and cares about us more than imaginable.

Let us learn to cast away our worries and turn upward to Jesus!

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