To Turn Around

Mel and I went to “Ladies Night Out” last night. The food was great:

  • Sweet Chili, Regular Chili, and White Chicken Chili
  • Cheese & Crackers, Snack Mix, and White Chocolate Popcorn
  • Apple Crisp, Pumpkin Bars, and Snickerdoodles
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte, Spiced Cider, and Clementine Infused Water

(Yes, the scale went up a few ounces. LOL)

Pastor Peggy Knudsen spoke on being a mentor instead of a “celebrity influencer.”

“Use social media to talk about Jesus.”

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On the way home, Mel wanted to stop at HyVee for a sweet tea. I said “sure” but missed the first exit to Fairfield.

I drove to the second exit out of habit because it is the closest one to our home. She thought I was going to drive to the third exit and backtrack!

That’s exactly what the Israelites did!

Exodus 14:1, “God spoke to Moses: ‘Tell the Israelites to turn around…'” The Message

The first exit was a straight line to HyVee – just like the route through the land of the Philistines, see Exodus 13:17. But the shortest route would also lead to war.

The second exit took us north on Highway #1 and then west on Highway #34. It was like the wilderness road that looped around the Red Sea, see Exodus 13:18.

The third exit bypassed the city but you had to backtrack east to get to HyVee. God led the Israelites that way. He led them to camp at Etham and then told them to turn around!

It was all part of God’s plan. They got a good night’s rest at Etham. They needed it because they would soon walk through the Red Sea.

The Egyptians thought they were lost. They followed them into the Red Sea and all died when the waters came down on them. The Israelites had walked across on dry land.

This is how God leads us. He takes us on the long way to spare us from an attack. Sometimes, we think we went the wrong way when we have to backtrack. It may not be. God is just confusing our enemy.

It’s okay to take a long way home!

October 22, 2019: Exodus 14-16.

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God Saw to It

We attended “The Cradle of Hope Tip Night” at Pizza Ranch. We found a table across from Cliff and Michelle B. It was fun visiting with them and watching their 2 small children.

Their son is named David. Every time she said his name, my David would answer.

The kids climbed all over her and clambered for attention. In exasperation she said, “Someday I will be able to eat in peace, right?”

“Yes,” I replied, “in around 30 years.”

She laughed. It was good timing to be there when they were.

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Sunday Pastor Monte preached about time.

“There is “Chronos time” that we set our clocks and calendars by. It is where we get the word chronological. “Kairos time” is described as the fullness of time; in the moment of opportunity; when God opens doors.”

Pastor Monte Knudsen, fcoc.net, 10-20-19

The Israelites asked for silver, gold, and clothes right before they left Egypt. It was the right time. God opened the door of opportunity. They did not leave Egypt wearing slave rags. They left as rich men.

Exodus 12:35-36, “…they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold things and clothing. (36) God saw to it that the Egyptians liked the people and so readily gave them what they asked for. Oh, yes. They picked those Egyptians clean.” The Message

 

October 21, 2019: Exodus 11-13.

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They Organized Them into Work-Gangs

What if you knew something was going to happen to your grandchildren? Wouldn’t you warn your children?

Genesis 15:13, “God said to Abram, ‘Know this: your descendants will live as outsiders in a land not theirs; they’ll be enslaved and beaten down for 400 years.'” The Message

Abraham knew his descendants would become slaves. He warned Isaac and Jacob. This is why Jacob was afraid to go to Egypt. He knew his descendants would become slaves in a foreign land.

Genesis 46:3, “God said, ‘I am the God of your father. Don’t be afraid of going down to Egypt…'” The Message

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Exodus 1:11, “So they organized them into work-gangs and put them to hard labor under gang-foreman.” The Message

God told Abraham the future. It was not a future He planned for them. They chose to stay in the best land in Egypt, see Genesis 47:6.

They got comfortable and complacent. God knew they would. But His plan was for them to live in Canaan and eventually they did.

October 17, 2019: Genesis 49-50; Exodus 1-2.

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