Friday, March 16, 2012

The Dangerous Path

When the Red Sea saw you, O God, its waters looked and trembled! The sea quaked to its very depths. The clouds poured down rain; the thunder rumbled in the sky. Your arrows of lightening flashed. Your thunder roared from the whirlwind; the lightning lit up the world! The earth trembled and shook. Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters – a pathway no one knew was there! You led your people along that road like a flock of sheep, with Moses and Aaron as their shepherds. Psalm 77: 16-20 NLT

The psalm is speaking of the rescue of the Israelites from Egypt. We might be accustomed to hearing of the parting of the Red Sea and take it for granted. Yet, this verse puts it in a new perspective: the parting of the Red Sea was marking God's path for God's people. This was a path through dangerous territory. This was a path no one else could sea. The path was surrounded by dangers on both sides and evil at their heels.

God's way through was not a comfortable one nor was it expected. No one but God could have arranged the way out of their predicament. In fact, no one could even see where exactly God was leading.

From your own perspective, how often does God's road lead through the sea? Are you now in a place with danger at your heels? Do you see no way out for yourself? God wants to provide a way for you but it will be a road no one can see. God has an escape route planned but it is going to appear even worse than what is following you. Yet, this is God's pathway. Are you willing to trust and take the first step?

God, your road often leads to the sea, through mighty waters. Your pathway is not one I nor anyone else can see. Help me to stick to your road and follow your lead. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims

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