Forget the Wellies
Exodus 14: 13-14 (NIVUK)
13 Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lordwill bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’
I once walked the South West Coastal path from Penzance to Falmouth with a friend, my longest ever walking journey. We did not pre-book accommodation but instead trusted there would be a ‘bed and breakfast’ to sleep in at end of day.
A fine weather week, we were challenged by enormous cooked breakfasts, steep coastal climbs, and getting sunburnt on one side of our bodies (as we were always heading in the same direction). The weather was settled so we posted our excess jumpers home mid-way and enjoyed the resulting lighter backpacks. It was a great way to visit quiet coves and villages, some revisited from childhood holidays.
One late afternoon we wanted to cross the Helford river estuary but arrived too late for the ‘one man and his boat’ ferry crossing to still be waiting for customers. We signalled our need of passage by opening up the big yellow circle sign (the non-technological way prior to mobile phones) to no avail. We decided not to get our feet wet, and turned back to find a bed and breakfast on a farm, resigned to try again the next day.
In the story of the Red Sea crossing it was the beginning of a journey for thousands of people on foot for forty years. I was not willing to get my feet wet, but the numerous Israelites had to trust that the waters would stay piled up for them to walk through on dry land, with perfect timing for their situation. God’s words to them in the midst of their worry are, ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still’. Words to hang on to in the midst of an overwhelming situation.
Where in your life do you need the Lord to fight for you today?
What helps you to ‘be still’ and trust God will make a way?
God, Our Father,
Help us to not to worry but instead to:
Be Still and Know
Be Still and Know that You are God.
Be Still and Know
For You are God.