The Red Sea in front…mountains and hills on the sides…Pharaoh and his army behind. The scenario in Exodus 14 looks hopeless.
Yet, it is the Lord who engineered this setting. He brought the plagues, one at a time to reveal Pharaohs hard heart. He caused the Hebrews to be driven out of Egypt. He directs Moses along a particular path, even having them double back to this specific spot. This…difficult…spot.
How do these people of God, these people who have seen God’s hand through ten plagues, react? Do they behave in a way that lives out a growingly faithful response of “let’s see what the Lord will do”? No. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. Then they lashed out at Moses. “This is your fault. Why have you done this? Why didn’t you leave us in Egypt?”
As I journey along with this group of pilgrims I am shocked during my first reading of their response. Until I think about how I react when I am caught between a rock and a hard place. Until I remember times when I have lashed out at my loved ones when I am frustrated by unexpected situations. That dampens my exasperation with them immediately. That softens my heart towards their still small faith.
These Israelite pilgrims were enslaved for so many generations that they could not think free just yet. Their faith was still in training. Every difficult situation is an opportunity to show faith, yes. But it also an opportunity to grow faith. For me also. Not to show grumbling. Not to show complaining. Not to show fault finding. Not to show blame throwing.
Dear Lord, I hope that soon I will be trained into a woman whose first thought flies with hope faithfully to you.
Blessings To You Who Meander After Moses With Me, CeeCee