Our Scripture readings, today, are in Nehemiah 1 and Exodus 14. Nehemiah is in exile and hearing about the wall, in ruins, of Jerusalem. In Exodus Moses is taking the people out of Egypt, has the whole army following them, and has reached the sea - so they have a "wall" of water in front of them and another "wall" closing in behind them. In both cases God is there. Nehemiah goes to prayer (where God gives direction) and God is with Moses showing the Hebrew people God keeps God's promises. There is even another "wall," later in the chapter, when God divides the sea so the people walk on dry land and the "wall" comes crashing down on the army of Egypt.
We've been facing our 'giants' and trying 'new' things this summer. We've been trying to follow where God is leading - which can mean facing our 'fear' of new things. Today's readings show us God IS with us and give the idea of stopping for prayer - to "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). I want to suggest a "pause," a time to stop and LISTEN to God. I think it will help us remember, and feel, God's presence with us as we continue to slowly follow where God is leading - facing our 'giants' as we face 'new' things. What do you think?