I found myself struggling to read the passage for this Sunday.
Exodus 14v19-31 tells of the moment Moses stretches out his arm over the sea and the Lord drives back the waters to turn it to dry land for the Israelites to walk upon.
The stark mirror image is easily found as Hurricane Irma devastates Florida. There is a photo on the BBC website where Tampa residents stand on the drained Hillsborough bay ahead of Hurricane Irma’s arrival.
The destruction in our world at the moment from natural disasters is so prominent that I found it uncomfortable to read the Exodus passage. Not just the verses about the waters being displaced but the verses of the Egyptians being taken away by the returning sea and ending up on the shores reminded me of the horrific images of the refugee crisis.
In the face of disaster and pain we so often get angry. I can list multiple times I’ve screamed at God for the injustices I’ve seen. Cried out in frustration at a situation I can see unfold before my eyes. Questioned God as I watch horrors occur only to be met with silence.
This week for me has been full of heartache. From personal things happening with close friends to the sorrow found in the news from around the world.
I think we often forget that God joins us when we cry for his world. His heart aches along with ours. He questions too but turns and faces us asking “what are you doing?”
Some good friends of mine are currently going through an extremely hard situation of loss and yet the other day this song was posted by one of them.
Lauren Daigle – Trust In You
When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You
Reading back over the passage and putting myself in the Israelites position, I think we take for granted that God’s people just walk across the sea. There was an enormous amount of trust they put in God.
Trusting the waters would remain in place as they walked through. Trusting that God was protecting them and guiding them.
Every time we face a horrendous situation it comes back to trust. Trusting God is who he says he is. Trusting in our knowledge that God is good. Trusting that God is in the mess somehow.
Read the passage for yourself.
Call out to God and intercede for the world.
Then listen to the song and ask God to speak to you.