THE RED SEA MOMENT

(Time Magazine)

Imagine this instance, you’re standing at the shore of a sea/ocean. The waves are high, raging, the best swimmer couldn’t possibly make it a quarter way away from safe ground. Behind you is a raging crowd, vehemently screaming for your blood. What would you do?

This was the case of Moses and the Israelites. The children of Israel were finally set free by Pharaoh after many years of slavery and Moses trying time and again. He must have felt a sort of pride, relief and freedom leading thousands of the Israelites away from this land of slavery.

But then comes the time when they are all stuck between a raging sea and an angry well equipped Egyptian army behind them, with Moses as their leader.

They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

Exodus 14: 11-12

At this exact moment, with all this pressure around him, Moses turned to God and cried out to him. We call this the Red Sea Moment. The moment when we are between a rock and a hard place. When faced with immense hardship, humans have two basic reactions, flight or fight. We either run away and go into hiding, ignore the problem (pretend it doesn’t exist) or not deal with it completely. Or we could also fight it, the feeling, the person or situation. This could also include seeking vengeance.

How about we do neither of the above but seek the face of God? When you don’t know what to do and nothing is making sense. You see, sometimes, we get instruction from God but get lost in the middle. Like Moses, we know that God said that we should flee from Egypt, but where to? What land will I lead these people into? What route should I take in my career? Should I invest in this business?

Stop in your tracks and seek God. Speak from your heart and let the word flow freely.

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