Our daughter has been talking about the Bible story of Moses leading the children of Israel. So, I thought I’d look into it.
Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, a challenging task considering Pharaoh didn’t want to let his unpaid servants (the children of Israel) go. But, Moses told Pharaoh, the people’s intent was to worship God. Pharaoh, still unconvinced that it was a good idea to let the people go, had to experience a series of unpleasant occurrences before finally saying, “Fine, you can leave.” And, the children of Israel escaped to the wilderness. After they were gone a little while, Pharaoh was disgusted with himself and began a hot pursuit of the children of Israel, to bring them back.
When reading about the escape, I noticed the writer had added a rather dramatic scene to the end of the fleeing episode. Moses came to the Red Sea and parted it. The water split and the mass of people walked over dry ground to the other side, into the wilderness. (Exodus 14)
Interestingly, when Pharaoh and his soldiers tried to get through the Red Sea, all the water came crashing back on them, killing them. Maybe… when we are moving forward with the intent to worship or express God, there are some things that no longer pose a threat.
I can relate all of this to my own mind, but usually without the incredible unpleasantness or excessive super-action.
When I went to college, to express intelligence, my old knowledge didn’t bring me back.
Or, when I got married, old boyfriends didn’t capture my attention. I moved forward in my effort to learn about love and life and faithfulness.
Ties to outgrown jobs have been severed, allowing me to focus on new ideas and progress.