Stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord
“…stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day…”. Exodus 14:13
A simple verse. A most familiar Bible passage. Christians, as well as non-believers, most certainly know how that God brought salvation to the Israelites by parting the Red Sea and helped them escape the evil hands of Pharaoh and his Egyptian army. There is much power to God’s words “stand still“. In fact, one of my favorite Psalms comes from chapter 46, verse 10 “Be still and know that I am God“. It seems to me that every time we need Him, all He requires us to do is to be still. How simple! We are to be still and to keep our trust in Him and He will do all the work and prove that His is the Almighty God and that nothing is ever too difficult for Him.
Recently, those words “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord“ seem to mean so much more to me. Not long after getting married in April to a most wonderful Christian young man, I found out that I was expecting. My husband and I couldn’t be any happier, because we’ve both always wanted to have a family. But God willed to take the child home, and He did so early on. I was only about 4 weeks into the pregnancy. As much as it did hurt, I was still very thankful that He took the baby early on. As Job once said “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
In early August, I found out that I was pregnant again! My husband and I quickly fell to our knees and thanked the Lord for this wonderful gift of His. During the first few weeks into the pregnancy, I quickly started experiencing the common pregnancy symptoms and I was often getting sick. Then, eleven weeks into my pregnancy, on a Sunday afternoon, without any other prior symptoms, I started bleeding very heavily and we quickly assumed that I was having yet another miscarriage. My husband took my hand and prayed with me and then we both rushed to the hospital expecting the worst. Thankfully, a lot of people were praying for us as they were sharing our hurt. On the way to the hospital, my loving mom sent me a text message on my phone with the following words: “stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” As sad I was feeling, I knew that it was God’s will to take the child home. After all, that had been our prayer from the very first day; we simply wanted God’s perfect will for our lives. After reading my mom’s message and knowing that she, along with our families and friends were praying for us, God gave both my husband and I peace.
Then, at the hospital, I was given an ultra-sound and as the technician was looking at the screen, I kept thinking “there’s nothing in there for you to see”. But just like that, there it was. A heartbeat. There was our child on the screen. As we heard that first little heartbeat, we couldn’t but think “God is good”. From the hospital room, I was able to talk to my mom on the phone and we kept thinking of the verse that God had put on her heart to send me. Out of all the things she could have said, and out of all the Bible verses she could have thought of, God gave her “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” I still get chills in my body when I think how that He saved our baby. We saw His salvation.
A few days later, one of my best friends, more like a dear sister of mine, Nadia, called me and told me to go back to Exodus 14:13. You see, that day, that very same passage was her morning Bible Reading and God showed her the rest of the verse. Not only did He say to stand still and see His salvation, but He went on to promise “which He will show you today“. That is exactly what God did for us on Oct 2, 2011. He saved our baby boy on that very same day.
Now as we prepare for His arrival in late April, I can’t but thank the Lord for our little miracle baby boy each and every day. Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever. How very true! The same God that wrought a miracle by parting the Red Sea, has wrought a miracle by saving our little baby boy. I look forward to the day that he is old enough for us to tell him how that God saved Him and how that I consider him my little miracle and gift from God’s own hands. My husband and I already pray that He in turn, will grow up and be saved and call on the name of Jesus Christ at a young age and that He will always have a tender heart for the Lord and for His word. Thank you, dear Lord Jesus, that you are and always be the God that brings Salvation to His people.