I've been thinking a lot this week about the story of the parting of the Red Sea. I know none of us can hear that story or read about it without marveling at the miracle that occurred that day. Can you imagine standing facing the sea and knowing your enemies were on your doorstep, and you were trapped. Then suddenly, the water parted; you tenuously put your foot forward to step onto dry land where water had been just a second ago. In your mind you would be thinking, "What if I don't make it all the way across before the ocean comes flooding back upon me? I know this is a miracle, but what if the miracle ends before I make it across, before I get to my destination?"
Well, dear one, God is faithful to complete that which you have committed to Him (Phil 1:6; Psalm 37:4-5). Moses surely didn't have a fail safe plan at that moment when he looked about and saw Pharaoh's army advancing and knew there was no escape hatch. All he knew was that God had told him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. He had stepped out in faith and done as God instructed, and he left the rest up to God. When you read the Bible account, it is amazing that Moses' response at this moment was, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Ex. 14:13-14). Talk about blind trust! Moses didn’t have any idea what was about to happen, but he knew God was faithful and had his answer, and so do you. (Read Ex. 14.)
Don't you sometimes feel like Moses probably felt at that moment? You're in the middle of a multitude of "messes" or trials or obstacles, and you don't see any answer in sight, no escape route, no staff to wave to part the waters of opposition or difficulty. You know what? God has a plan, a good plan, a plan for your deliverance, an answer to your dilemma. He is faithful to see you through to a good end. Sometimes we feel like we are going down all of the wrong roads, or taking so many sidesteps or detours, or running into so many roadblocks, that we'll never come out the way God wanted us to. Don't fret, dear sister. God has a way of turning our winding or broken roads into our golden path to His desired end. Sometimes the things we see as roadblocks end up being blessings that protect us or keep us from going down blind alleys. Scripture tells us that if we commit our way to God, He will direct our paths (Prov. 3:5-6; 20:24).
Recently, someone I know had been asked by a company to apply for a job at one of its locations. The director of this location wanted to hire my friend. My friend was so excited about getting this job and quickly submitted her resume and cover letter and did everything she was told to do in order to secure the position. Through a very strange series of mishaps, none of which was her own fault, her information never got to the right person, and the position was filled. Do you know, that even though she was very disappointed, she believed that God just had something better for her, and within two weeks, she received another call from another company asking her to interview. Only this time, the interview was for her "dream job," not just a good job, but a position she had been dreaming of for 15 years. She went to the interview and was told she would be given a written job offer by the next week. My friend refused to get discouraged by the seemingly incomprehensible roadblocks, but believed that God had the best in store for her, and He provided something better than she had believed for the first time. God, of course, knew what He had in store for her right around the corner. He wanted to fulfill the dream, the plan He had given her years before.
God is good, and He is always working on our behalf, even when it doesn't look like it. He makes a way when there seems no way. He gives us streams in the desert (Isa. 35:6-10)! He parts our Red Seas and takes us to the Promised Land!
Dream on, dear sister, and see the deliverance of the Lord!