A Word for me today…

“Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” (part of Exodus 14:13, KJV)

I get up each morning and read a devotional from this torn little book I received from the pastor of my mother’s church about a thousand Christmases ago. The book is one of those perpetual ones that goes the whole year and then you just start over; mine is tattered and you have to be careful when you pick it up because there are pages that have become dislodged from the binding. Anyway, this was the verse with today’s devotional text. The text suggested that there are times when we can do nothing, in fact should do nothing, but stand…and wait on the salvation of the Lord. In other words, if I just keep still, keep my busy little nose out of God’s business, He will handle my situation, or at the very least provide me the strength, endurance, skill/ability and proper timing to handle it on my end.

This made me think about the word “salvation” and the first thing that came to my mind was the word “salve”–an old-timer’s word for healing ointment…and yes, I use that word so I am including myself in the category of old-timer. Anyway, when I thought of that, immediately to mind came the image of some of the unlabled gooey stuff my nana used to rub on my cuts or scrapes–salve–and how it kept dirt out of the wound and how after a period of stinging (because it always had something horrible-smelling in it that cleaned out the wound, like uber-alcohol…) the cut or scrape felt a zillion times better.

Funny, God is like that too.

I decided to do a quick study on the word salvation and this is one tiny piece of what I found:

Since the Bible was written in both Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament), we will begin our study with the literal definitions of the word “salvation” in these languages. In the Hebrew language the word for salvation is yasha, from which we have Joshua. Yasha has this meaning: “to be wide, or roomy – a broad and spacious place.” Yasha communicates the idea of freedom. It is “liberation from confinement, constriction, and limitation.” The word for salvation in the Greek language the word is sozosoteria, whose the meaning is “cure, recovery, remedy.” (from the Grace Valley Christian Center website)

Wow–how perfect a Word for me today…God will cure, recover, and remedy my issues. He will liberate me from confinement, constriction, and limitation. So here’s the deal: if I hold still, mind my own business, and let God do what He does, He will heal me of my issues and deliver me to a place of freedom. Now that’s deep.

Thank you, God; I need that freedom right now. Freedom from broken-heartedness, freedom from a confused head, freedom from a deep guilt that I could have done more for my friend–that I could have gotten over my own weirdness to at least try and reach out and find him…I need to know that You, God, forgive my lack of initiative in this area and that someday, when I too cross through the veil I will see my friend again and we will laugh together.

Peace.

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 Confessions of a Cave Dweller

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