I was having a little trouble concentrating on this chapter (hey, I’m human) until I got to verses 21 through 27, and while reading the words, I got this picture of painting our own doorframe and asking God to please pass over this house during this COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you’re reading this while quarantined in present time or later, when you’ll surely remember the time when the world was on lockdown, you can relate to what it’s like to worry about your entire family. We know that if one of us gets sick, the rest of us probably will too. Furthermore, we live in an apartment building, so it might be likely to spread throughout the complex as well. We don’t want that for anyone. Today, let’s look to the God of protection and use the original Passover as our guide to pray for protection over our homes, communities, neighborhoods and countries, and as hard as it might be to pray, let’s pray that we all learn how to love better through this tragic pandemic. Remember, too, the Israelites were friendly with the Egyptians. The Egyptians gave the Israelites their valuables willingly, and past verses revealed that the Egyptians looked favorably on the Israelites. The Israelites knew full-well that they were accepting gifts that could potentially keep these Egyptian families alive. They really had little more to offer. God had destroyed most everything else. If we learn anything from this chapter, let’s learn that if we don’t recognize the good that comes from the bad, then we persevered to survive the bad for nothing.
Writing prompt: prayer
Can you pray with me today? No matter when you read this, corporate prayer always is a good idea, and we don’t have to be in the same room to accomplish a group prayer. Write out a prayer, asking God to protect you and lead you through whatever situation is on your heart today.
(Written April 21, 2020)