When Standing Still Turns Into Move Your Feet

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!'”  Exodus 14:15


I remember back to January, when I asked God to show me that OneWord He wanted me to remember.  The word that I would etch in silver and wear around my wrist reminding me of His purpose and plan.  Everything in me wanted to give that word back, as all my friends were posting words like “celebrate,” or “joy” and even the fun word “surprise” I felt like I got the short end of the stick in “wait,” I wrote about it here:

“If nothing in my life moves fast enough for me then there are days when God seems to move with interminable slowness.  Generally this has me running headlong into my own agenda and I quickly clutter up the slow and unhurried with the fast and frenetic.  The beat of life moving so quickly I can not feel the slow and steady pulse of a rhythm that rests in Him. ”  


Here we are, half way through the year, and I can look back on those months after that post and see how God has moved in my waiting.  I can actually recall moments how my waiting gave way to His purpose and how perfect His purpose is.  I can see how all of it happened with out any interruptions from me.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in the waiting  is:  the wait is not the end.  Wait doesn’t mean never it just means not now.

Wait doesn’t mean never it just means not now. 

It seems so trite sitting right there in black and white and when impatience is really all about the “right now”  most days they are words I’d love to throw against the wall.

When I unscramble the pieces of waiting I can see how God never calls us to only wait.  He also calls us to move.  He calls us to put one foot in front of the other and move in His purpose and His time.

So when then Israelites needed a moment to regroup, when they needed some time to settle the chaos God called them to wait.

Thankfully, the story doesn’t end there because in the very next breath God commands Moses to “tell the people to get moving.”

Now I’m sure there was hesitation, let’s remember we’ve got angry, grieving Egyptians on  one side and the swirling waters of the Red Sea on the other.

Get moving????


“Use your shepherd’s staff– hold it out over the water, and a path will open up before you through the sea.  Then all the people of Israel will walk through on dry land.”  Exodus 14:16 NLT

There will be times when the moving doesn’t make sense.  When God will call you to the unknown and you will have to choose;  end the waiting and unfold into His plans or let your feet keep you rooted in fear.


The first step will seem crazy, it will seem ridiculous even but remember, the waiting has prepared you for this moment.  That time spent with Him has given you exactly what you need to place one foot in front of the other and move forward in His plan.

So take that step my friend and watch with awe as the waters part and your way through the seemingly impossible becomes suddenly possible.




  1. Tonya – you don’t know how much I needed this WORD in this moment as I saw you on my Twitter feed. Moving forward into the Faith Fray . . .
    Joy to you!

  2. I love when you wrote that the waiting prepares us for the moment, Tonya. It’s in those still quiet solitude hours that we finally get to still ourselves, to prepare for the invitation, the encounter, the opportunity for something deeper with Him.

    Just love His invitations, don’t you?

    {And your blog header brings a smile …}

    Wednesday blessings …

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