The book title intrigued me. “The Red Sea Rules” by Robert Morgan. Hold on. Not always. Didn’t God rule over the Red Sea when He parted the waters and made a way of escape for the Israelites? Yes, however one could still say that the Red Sea rules over itself most of the time. But wait, the book’s subtitle caught my eye, “10 God-given Strategies for Difficult Times.” Now I get it. Morgan developed 10 rules from the Red Sea experiences chronicled in Exodus 14:1 to 15:2. I immersed myself in “The Red Sea Rules.”
Exodus 14:21-22 reads, “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.” From these verses, Morgan developed Red Sea Rule #8, “Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.”
Ursula needed someone to drive her to a heart specialist one hour from her home for a routine check-up. Being her cousin-in-law, I volunteered. Ursula was on oxygen 24/7 and needed a walker to get around. Hooked up to her portable oxygen tank, the drive went without a hitch. But the waiting room experience was another matter as we waited and waited and waited. Ursula told me that she had enough oxygen to hopefully last until 5:30 pm. It was 4:00 pm when she finally was called in to see the doctor. Concerned, I phoned Lois, my wife, and asked her to pray that the oxygen in Ursula’s tank would last until we got home.
I began to stress out as 4:30 pm approached. What if her oxygen supply ran out when we were driving home? What then would I do? I visualized a shoulder-of-the-road situation in the middle of no-where. Stress.
4:30 pm came. I saw Ursula in the hall next to the waiting room, and I went to meet her. Her first words to me were, “I’m running out of oxygen.” We slowly made it to the lobby where she took 3 or 4 steps and said, “I can’t go any further.” I asked, “Can you make it to the bench against the wall?” She said, “I’ll try,” and she did. She sat down and said, “You’d better call 911.”
A fire engine arrived followed by an ambulance. Once in the ambulance, the EMTs connected Ursula to oxygen from their tank and took her to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. One of the firemen had suggested that once she was stabilized, I could drive home, pick up an oxygen tank, and return to the hospital to get Ursula and take her home.
I followed the ambulance to the emergency room where the admitting supervisor told me that they would try to find a spare oxygen tank to lend me providing I would bring it back the next day. Four physical checkups later, Ursula was good to go. They connected her to oxygen from a “found” spare tank and wedged it behind the front seat of our car. We drove home without incident.
Ursula’s new oxygen supply lasted all the way home. God had delivered in His own unique way, far beyond my original hope and much better than the fireman’s suggestion, good as it was.
Thinking back over the timing of the events, I was blown away. Any other scenario and the outcome could have been much different, perhaps even life-threatening.
Yes, God, You do deliver in Your own unique way.
Paul Kimball, MBA, CPA, is Associate Professor Emeritus of Business at John Brown University and a former employee of DuPont Company and PricewaterhouseCoopers.