Red Sea

    The Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea.
—Exodus 14.29

Somehow, in your own way, you have been there.
Making bricks without straw. Under a whip.
Your fruit— the fruit of your hands,
or mind, or loins—threatened.
Bound to labor for nothing.
Trapped in a fruitlessness not of your choosing.

How have you been enslaved? Addicted? Trapped?

And then something set you free.
Somehow Grace disrupted that scenario.
A Glorious pillar of fire, a terrible plague of death,
the persistent plea of a Moses—
forcefully God breaks the habits that bind us.

How did grace defeat your Pharaoh?

Then comes the hard work, the dangerous crossing,
the opening of the deep, the choice to wade in.
How could you have made that escape without help?  

How have you been set free?
What journey have you had to make?
What walls of water on either side have made you nervous?
Even if it feels like wandering in the wilderness,
are you keeping on the journey?
How is it going?
What do you need?

Trust God wants you free. God is with you.
This is not just your journey;
it is God’s.
With the cloud at your shoulder,
and a heart full of thanks,
into that Mystery Red Sea
step with courage. Go on.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

September 9, 2020

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