The Red (Sea) Carpet

Posted: 16 January, 2009 in Ponderings
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One of the Sunday school’s favourite story, everyone knows the opening of the Red Sea by Moses God through Moses. The event happened during the time when the Israelites who had been waiting for God to set them free from Egypt, a place of oppression, slavery and worldliness. Then God finally brought up Moses to lead the Israelites out and God’s purpose is to bring His people into a land of His promise, a land of freedom, peace and joy, a land flowing with milk and honey.

While reading through this account in the Bible, I cannot help but see a prophetic vision. The parallel between the plight of the Israelites then and us now seems almost impeccable.

The Red (Sea) Carpet, Red Sea-White Sand

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. And I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will charge in after the Israelites. My great glory will be displayed through Pharaoh and his troops, his chariots, and his charioteers. When my glory is displayed through them, all Egypt will see my glory and know that I am the Lord!”

Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to the rear of the camp. The pillar of cloud also moved from the front and stood behind them. The cloud settled between the Egyptian and Israelite camps. As darkness fell, the cloud turned to fire, lighting up the night. But the Egyptians and Israelites did not approach each other all night.

Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side!    Exodus 14:13-22

Like the Egyptian army then, the world may be chasing furiously after us; bills are to be paid, deadlines are coming up, even our age may seem to be catching up. You may struggle wanting to run ahead of time, but like an uphill task it seems to get harder with each passing day. You may be weary and tired, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Some may even hit a dead end and everything seems lost; all their struggles seems to be in vain.

If that is you, I have this from the Lord: “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Sometimes the way has already been made by Him, we just need to stay calm and not lose our heads. While it is amazing how the Red Sea was parted, opening with a passage way for the Israelites to escape, it is even more amazing how our God did it; He did it  in style. After the miracle of opening the Red Sea, little inconveniences of damp roads, puddles and wet ponds of water seems reasonable and understandable.

But no. In the middle of the parted sea, God made a path of dry ground!

Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land.

 

Let it sink in. The Lord not only made a path from the masive body of water, with walls of water on each side, but He took the extra effort for the wind to blow all night to create a nice dry path! In modern times, the only thing I can compare that gesture with is a red carpet!

The Red (Sea) Carpet, St. Ignatius Church

Think about this, even if you are at your dead end, when God is with you, He will not only open a path for you but He will even roll out the red carpet for you! God will open a way with a red carpet in your desperate time need. That is how our God is, He will not only part the enormous impossible sea for you, but He will also dry the seabed for you to walk comfortably while He is at it.

Hallelujah!

What a beautiful God we serve.

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