Desert Happenings

Do you ever feel like sometimes you don’t understand what the heck is going on in your life? It’s almost as if you feel like you’re being punished and you have no idea why. Or maybe you’ve been waiting on God to fulfill a promise in your life, but your waiting feels like ages. Or maybe you feel like you’re wandering in the desert and have lost all hope. I’ve just checked off the ‘all of the above’ section in my head like a pro. Yup. Been there.

Well, you and I are in good company. A whole people group shared the same sentiments actually. The Israelites felt the same exact way after they were freed by Pharaoh. God had perfectly orchestrated their exodus by making it appear as if they were wandering aimlessly in the desert. He purposefully hardened Pharaoh’s heart so he could change his mind and go back to capture them once again. It was all in God’s handcrafted plan so He can execute their deliverance, yet it made no sense to the Israelites. 

But God showed up. Just as He promised and just as He always does. And the midst of the impossible, He did the impossible.

The Israelites didn’t know what was happening behind the scenes. What they saw were more than 600 hundred Egyptian soldiers, horsemen and officials in chariots charging towards them fiercely. They even questioned God and cried out to Moses saying, ‘Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?’ I just love Moses’ response when he replied, ‘The Lord will fight for you. You only need to be still.’ Basically, in modern day bible translation, he’s saying ‘Chill. Relax. God’s got this.’

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Image by Christy Johnston Photography

Can you imagine their anguish when they reached the shore of the Red Sea? I don’t blame them because, hey, if I was being chased by Egypt’s best soldiers with no way out, I too would freak just a bit. They probably thought that this was the end of their existence. But God showed up. Just as He promised and just as He always does. And the midst of the impossible, He did the impossible. In His grand finale, God parted the Red Sea and *cue their deliverance.* He made a way just as He promised.

If you’re constantly looking back, you will miss the miracle that lies ahead.

The problem wasn’t that they were being chased, the problem was that they were wavering in faith. Their eyes were fixed on the physical instead of the spiritual. They saw their situation through the lens of human eyes rather than through the lens of faith and the supernatural. They were too focused on the situation at hand rather than on God’s continuous promise. They were riding the heels of the greatest exodus in history, yet they constantly looked back questioning God and doubting His faithfulness. And often times, we too are like the Israelites. Doubting. Questioning. Wavering. As we focus on our current situations charging and chasing us, we fail to see that the miracle is on the horizon. Consequently, we wander around the desert of our hearts and lives forgetting all that God has promised. 

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Image by Christy Johnston Photography

If you’re constantly looking back, you will miss the miracle that lies ahead.
God is always at work even in the craziest, makes no sense, there’s no way out, this is absolutely impossible situation. It’s during those times that we must lean into Him more than ever and trust that He will provide the way. Without wavering faith, we must cling to His unending promises. And as He whispers, ‘I will fight for you just be still,’ stop and wait for the Red Sea miracle to happen in your life.

 

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