It was a long journey leaving Egypt. The Israelites camped on the shore of the Red Sea. The people were feeling really nervous. Moses squinted into the darkening sky. Had he heard something? Something in the distance? … Soon a growing cloud of dust rose up in the distance. A rumble of horse hoofs thundered toward the travelers. They could see them clearly now. Hundreds of Pharaoh’s chariots charged towards them. Hundreds of soldiers followed them with orders to bring the people back.
That’s how “The Story of the Red Sea” begins in the Spark Story Bible, with God’s people trembling beside the sea as the Egyptians closed in. And yet the story ends with a completely different tone on the opposite shore.
From the safe shore came the sounds of singing and dancing, led by Miriam, Moses’ sister, “Sing to the Lord,” the Israelites shouted, “God has saved us.”
God changed the story for the Israelites by providing a path through the Red Sea, where the children of God escaped, and their captors perished.
The Exodus story is a reinforcement of the promises of God, and how God saves us. In our own story of being saved, we too are taken from trembling, fear, and sadness to joy and celebration by following the path that God provides.
Thank you, God, for paving the way for me to come home to You in the person and the work of Jesus Christ. Let me walk today as His disciple, and I claim my place in the family as Your child. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.