The Red Sea Rules

            GOD WILL MAKE  A WAY!                               Ann - Sept 2007

Robert J. Morgan wrote a little book in 2001 called The Red Sea Rules.  I remember reading it when it first came out and typing up the 10 rules and putting them in my Bible and taping them to my computer.  Then when we moved to Russia in 2005 and I was having such a hard time transitioning I requested a copy of the full book from my friend, Vicki who was coming on a ministry trip.

Vic graciously brought me the book and wrote in the inscription, "He will always make a way!"  That is such a simple statement but profound in so many ways and when we start to get overwhelmed in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, stopping and meditating on that Truth really helps you get things in perspective.

Perspective - that's what I need the most when my life feels out of control (which has been most of my life whether it was trying to be a new wife, or raising kids or teaching pre-school, or juggling ministry responsibilities, or trying to learn a new, very difficult language with a 50+ old brain, to facing a health crisis.  Getting perspective really helps me to stop the craziness and BE STILL.

I am so grateful to know that our God has the BIG picture.  And He can be trusted with it.  Whether it's a little irritation or a life threatening disease, God is in control and He is good.  He is good all the time.  And just because I don't understand much if any of the "whys" of things I can trust the One who does.  He's just that trustworthy.

Doesn't mean I dont get freaked at times and try to play "Junior Holy Spirit" and run the show.  It just means when I sense myself (or someone who loves me and is brave enough to confront me when I am doing it) trying to take charge I have a choice, to be still and let God be God.  Ongoing process for me, probably you too.

Try it.  It's amazing what it can do for your perspective if you give it time and be still enough to hear His still, small voice speak to your heart.

The Red Sea Rules is one of those tools that God uses to get me on track when I start feeling the wheel slip.  So to refresh them in my mind and heart and share them with you , here they are.  Enjoy.  And like my friend, Vicki, says, "He will always make a way."  (She really stole that from the author and he got it from God, based on the Exodus 14 account.  So actually we are all plagerizing but I don't think God minds, just so He gets the credit and glory.)

1.  Realize that God means for you to be where you are.

2.  Be more concerned for God's glory than for your relief.

3.  Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.

4.  Pray!

5.  Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.

6.  When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.

7.  Envision God's enveloping presense.

8.  Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.

9.  View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.

10. Don't forget to praise Him.

The Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan - 2001 Thomas Nelson