Have you ever felt trapped with no way out? It is as if you are walking through the woods on the well-defined path when all of a sudden you find yourself lost and wondering how you will make it out alive. One minute you are enjoying the beautiful trees and foliage, the next moment you find yourself off the path, completely lost, staring into darkness. You try to retrace your steps, but soon convince yourself that you’ve passed the same rock twice. You seem to be getting nowhere fast.
In the Bible, in Exodus 14, there is a story about one of those moments. The Israelites were set free after 400 years in slavery. As they marched to their freedom, beginning to no longer feel trapped, suddenly that path to freedom seemed to disappear. On both sides were tall mountains, in front of them was a body of water, and behind them was an angry army in pursuit of them (because Pharaoh had changed his mind about their freedom.) This was certainly one of those moments when it would have been easy to try and take matters into their own hands, but the Israelites chose to trust God, even when they saw no path ahead of them. The story goes on to tell us that God parted the Red Sea and the people walked across dry ground, safely reaching the other shore before the sea engulfed the army and killed them. Years later, the Israelites looked back upon that event and sang the words found in Psalm 77:19, “Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters – a pathway no one knew was there.” (NLT)
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