In today’s blog, I want to do something a bit different. What follows is an excerpt from a piece of creative writing based around the story of Moses on the shore of the Red Sea. At the bottom of the story I have included a word of encouragement for you.
The sound of weeping could be heard murmurating around the immense crowd. The voices of concerned fathers filled with fear echoed among the vast tribe. Children shook as they hung on to their mothers robes. They cried out for assurance but instead saw how the colour had drained from their mothers cheeks.
Moses looked across the vast body of people. Fear tried to grip him too. A thousand voices spewed forth a stream of anxiety. Moses felt the tentacles of fear grasping at his throat. It felt as though his very words were being stolen from him.
At that moment inspiration speared his mind. ‘The Great I AM didn’t do all he did for us to let us die here at the waters edge.’
Moses legs felt like trees rooted to the ground. Fear’s heavy cloak weighing them down. His mind was a mass of dark thoughts, yet one sliver of light remained. ‘God wouldn’t abandon us, would He? All seems impossible except for two words, I AM.’
Moses wrestled fear until its hold began to slip. He took a leaden step and then another to the front of the rock he had been standing on. He lifted his arms to quieten the people. As he cleared his voice, he prayed the words would come out. “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.” As he spoke Moses felt hope rise in his own heart. ‘We really are going to be alright.’
With new boldness he continued to speak to the people, “For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
He looked with pride over the subdued people. ‘That told them. Now its over to you God!’
All of a sudden God spoke like a spark of lightning into his heart, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.” Moses stared blankly at the sky, “I don’t understand God, are you not the one to help us?” “No Moses” He replied, “You are.”
Moses was stunned. Fear once again encroached upon his feet and grasped at his throat. ‘Then we are in a whole world of trouble’ he thought.
He gathered what little strength he still possessed and asked the question, “How God?” Before the words had fully escaped his mouth, he became aware of the staff in his hand. “I’ve given you authority Moses. Lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it.” ‘Surely you mean, you will divide it?’, Moses thought. “No, I said you divide it”, came the immediate reply.
As the voice of God reverberated in Moses chest, the Angel of the Lord moved around behind the people, shielding from view the growing dust cloud from Pharaoh’s advancing army.
Moses drew a deep breath and stretched out his hand over the sea.
At first nothing happened. Moses felt the hot breath of the people against the skin at the back of his neck.
After what felt like an age, a feint rustling could be heard through the reeds at the waters edge. A gentle breeze began to slide past Moses outstretched arm. At first it felt like a loving caress, but as the seconds passed by it grew stronger, tugging at his grip on the staff.
The surface of the water began to be whipped up. White foam cascading across the surface. As Moses looked, he couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing. The water was moving, but not like it normally did. The level was dropping before his very eyes. Away in the distance a mound of water was building in an inconceivable way.
Stunned silence gripped the crowd at the waters edge. From further back the murmurs of the people were being silenced by shouts of “Look, look!”. The answer was on it’s way. God was moving.
Sometimes, when we are faced with impossible situations, God asks us to do something.
He is always the answer, but we are often the conduit. (See the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus 14:10-22, The feeding of the 5000 in Matt 14:15-21, and the command to heal the sick, cleanse lepers, cast out demons, and raise the dead in Matt 10:8.)
God wants to work through you. The miracles you dream of are often just a step of faith away.
So today will you join me in asking God: “Where can I take a step of faith and see your wonders released?”
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