God is With You

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

My husband Dale and I teach the Word of God in the public schools.  It is refreshing to have that freedom in Honduras, and share how the Bible stories are relevant to them in their lives today.

A recent story was about Moses and the red sea crossing.  The Isrealites were finally allowed to leave Egypt after more than four hundred years of slavery. The Bible tells us that when they left Egypt, they raised their fists in defiance. I wonder if that ticked Pharaoh off and was part of the reason that he changed his mind and sent all of his troops back after them.

Now the Isrealites are at the Red Sea. The sea is in front of them and their enemies are chasing them in hot pursuit. They felt trapped with nowhere to go. They were in danger. They were scared. I am sure they must have thought things like “this is it…we are so done”. They grumbled and complained and blamed Moses. They panicked.

Exodus 14:13 Moses told the people “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Lord will fight for you. You only need to be still”

So basically he was telling them to calm down. God has got this.

We all know what happened next. Moses lifted his rod, the water divided and the Isrealites walked on dry ground with a wall of water on either side. Amazing! I don’t know about you, but I think if I were there I would have been in awe. I think I would have been tempted to reach out my hand and touch the water on either side.

How many times are we like the Isreaites? We find ourselves in situations where there seems to be no way out, and nowhere to go.  We’re not able to take another step.  Things seem hopeless. We feel like we are drowning in despair.  We can’t see any way around our situation.

Dale and I have been through many things on our journey that at the time seemed impossible.  Especially during our first two years in Honduras. First of all, moving to a country where everything is so different, is stressful.  Along with missing our home and all that was once familiar, we also dealt with things like identity theft .  New credit cards were opened in Dale’s name and tens of thousands of dollars charged. We didn’t file our income tax properly and lost all our government tax credits.  We relied on those credits to financially survive. This meant racking up a huge bill on our line of credit.  We were robbed… twice. Our kids didn’t exactly all transition so well, and I bore the brunt of their frustrations. But in time, things worked out. The waters parted and we came out on the other side. And although the process was long and painful and stressful, He was there, walking through it with us.

It’s in times like that we need to hold onto the truth that He will never abandon us. We will go through times that are hard. That’s a given in this life.   But how wonderful it is to know that we don’t have to go through them alone.  He goes before us.

Joshua 1:9 “This is my command.  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”

How about you?  Are there obstacles in your way? Is fear holding you back? Are you afraid to move forward? I know it sounds cliché…but pray about it. God wants to hear from you. Tell him the things on your heart. Leave the situation with Him.  Trust the God will work things out on your behalf. You don’t have to handle anything alone…

Prov.3:6  Seek His will in all you and he will show which path to take..

Mathew 21:21

Then Jesus told them,  “ I tell you the truth, if you have faith, and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain ‘may you be lifted up and thrown into the sea’ and it will happen”

Carolyn loves Jesus and has lived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for more than four years with her husband Dale. They have been married 22 years.  Along with her husband she shares the gospel to children in the public schools through regular Bible classes.  She is the mom to three amazing children, all of them gifts from God through the miracle of adoption, and all of them now teenagers.  Her oldest transitioned back to Canada over a year ago.  She loves to cook, bake, read , write and work out.  She also very much enjoys coffee  and going for long walks through her neighbourhood with her schnauzer Abby.