He drew on the chalk board three doors and then he slowly went to each door and began to draw so that his hand motions matched the emotions he was describing.
On the first door, he drew fast with large sweeping motions as he described a family with fear. Their shoulders were hunched and they walked around with worried expressions. He said, "This family was terrified they would do it wrong and not fast enough. They felt like they must hurry before the LORD passed over Egypt to take the first born son."
On the second door he drew with very slow and precise motions to make sure every part of the frame was covered. He said, "This family was subdued, quiet, focused on the details with very little interaction. This family felt that it was all about the details and getting it just right."
On the third door he slapped a quick line on the top and a quick line of each side. He shared, "It was sloppy but done with laughter and alot of noise as the family gathered."
He then drew one more door, but he didn't draw over it. He then turned to us and said, "Which families were passed over?" Everyone agreed the first three but not the fourth.
"Why was the last door not passed over?"
We answered, "Because they didn't obey God! God said to cover the door post with the blood of sacrifice and all doors with the covering would be passed over."
"Did the emotions matter as they obeyed? Did their emotions stop the LORD from doing what He said He would do?"
"NO!" We all cried out.
"So as you go to do ministry you will face many highs and many lows. Your emotions will want to drive you, but you must obey what the LORD has called you to do and trust that He will do as He said."
His words are echoing in my heart and mind today!
I don't even remember my professor's name! But, everytime I read this passage or let my emotions get the best of me, I remember this truth! God is looking for the one that obeys Him. My emotions do not determine God's faithfulness. God is faithful. He will do what He says.
Today, I will remember the promise that He is my ever present help in a time of need.
How about you? Which family most represents you right now? Where do you need to walk in obedience regardless of the emotion?
For some, it might be at the very start, believe on the LORD Jesus and you will be saved.
Did you know that this passover moment was a foreshadowing of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and that anyone who believes in Him will have the gift of life? Regardless of your emotion your belief is like the blood covering over the doorpost when death comes it will not hold its sting.