Exodus. Can we just talk for a moment about the unfathomable feats the Lord did in Exodus? Its hard reading this book and not feeling like the Hebrews were such an ignorant a blind people. So if we look back to chapters 13 and 14 of Exodus, we are told of the Lord preparing the Hebrews to escape from Egypt and then of how they came to the Red Sea. Now, if I was a Hebrew and I came to the Red Sea and was being pursued by angry Egyptians I would be pretty scared. I would probably be looking over the vast water and wonder how I was going to get across. Maybe a boat? Maybe there’s a way around? So I’d be looking over this grand body of water while Moses, meanwhile, is raising his staff and about to strike it on the water’s surface. Next thing I would know, the water would part. Not just evaporate; part. They literally walked on dry ground with water pushed back and high above their heads on either sides. This is amazing! Did they see fish swimming next to them? Did the children reach out and touch it? Could they grab a fish for dinner as they walked? Not only did this happen but through all of this they are being lead through the desert by a pillar of cloud and fire.
Okay, so at this point you’d be pretty dang sure you’re the favorite people of the Creator. He’s saved you by supernaturally parting the sea and giving you the best GPS system on planet earth, all while delivering you from slavery. But instead we get to chapter 17 where the people are crying to Moses because they’re thirsty and they whine and ask why he brought them into the desert. To which Moses and I both reply with, “You’ve got to be kidding me right now”. So Moses talks to the Lord and the Lord tells Moses to go to a rock, of all things, and hit it with his staff. And of course, water comes gushing out of it. “And so Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarrelling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’” (Exodus 17: 7). After all of that and they question if the Lord is with them. I’d like to say that I’m not like that. I’d like to point how idiotic that is but the truth is, I do that all the time. The Lord brings me to Asia and I question if he has a plan for my life. He heals me of sickness and I ponder if He truly cares. He gives me sweet sisters to tell me I’m loved and yet I still question His love for me. Is the Lord among me? It’s easy to look at the life of the Hebrew people and be amazed at how the Lord takes care of them. It’s easy to look at my life and see how the Lord takes care of me but it’s not always easy to see it from behind our own eyes. I don’t want to be like that. I want to have remembrance stones in my life that remind me that the Lord is always among me.