A friend from Colorado phoned yesterday. What an encouragement to my heart. Please read what she emailed me in response to the call. This is why I need the body of Christ. - Kate
Here are my thoughts on Exodus 17 that I shared with you this afternoon, as Kevin and Diane Hughes originally shared with me while I was going through my cancer journey that really spoke to my heart. In the story, the Israelites were traveling towards their promised land and were at a place of rest (literally, that is what Rephidim means) when the Amalekites attacked them. Moses told Joshua to go into battle against them in the valley, while Moses - who was getting along in years - went up onto a mountain to pray to God. So Moses lifted up his hands to God, and as long as his hands were lifted up the Israelites were winning the battle. However, when Moses grew weary and his hands fell, then the Israelites would start to lose ground against their enemy. Seeing this, Aaron and Hur, who were with Moses on the mountain side, took a stone to put under Moses and then stood on each side of him to help hold his hands up. In this way, the Israelites won the battle.
In many ways, that is what your current trial is like, Kate. Sometimes you will have the strength to pray and give praise to the Lord, and sometimes you'll be so weary and overwhelmed that all you can do is trust that others are on your mountain side, praying and helping you and your precious family when you cannot. It may feel like cheating, but its not - it is the way God intended it. What is interesting in the case of the Israelites' win is that Moses doesn't commemorate the win, but rather the fact that "hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord" (Ex 17:16). God delights in hearing our prayers and seeing his church surrounding you with his tangible love and power!
So trust that our hands are lifted up to the great throne of our wonderful God, who cares intimately and deeply about you, your sweet husband and wonderful boys, dear friend...