Turf (Sea Change part 1)

When you read the Bible do you think of landlocked deserts and a parched wilderness of suffering surrounding each city and story? There is a lot of that, to be sure. The sea makes an appearance every so often, though. Let's look at the sea. As habitat and as metaphor.

The Red Sea

"The best way out is always through." Robert Frost

When Pharaoh and his army chased the children of Israel down to the water's edge, God told Moses to "lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it". (Exodus 14:16). Even then, it had to be an exhilarating, if terrifying experience. The Israelites then continued their journey out of captivity, through the bottom of the Red Sea and walked across like it was "dry land" (Exodus 14:21).

"He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in Him" (Psalm 66:6).

Just a thought, but if we're marching through a seeming desert, how do we know that we're not making our way across a former ocean whose walls the Lord has graciously cleft and led us within in order to teach us something we wouldn't otherwise learn or know?

The scene from the animated movie The Prince of Egypt renders the escape from Pharaoh in breathtaking detail. Metaphorically, will God do the same for us. Our sea of circumstances, if need be, will be halved by God so you can follow Him across. Psalms (77:19) says that God's "way is in the sea and [His] path in the great waters and [His] footsteps are not known". Sometimes that's the only way to go. God wants you to follow Him where others have feared to tread. Don't be afraid. Take His hand. Step in the water.

"For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee." (Isaiah 41:13)


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