“…and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night…” Ex 14:21
Earlier this week, I found this Bible verse in my devotions, and it has stayed in the background of my heart.
Perhaps because it has been a long emotional week for many reasons.
Perhaps because the nights have seemed long and dark and lonely.
Perhaps because the seas have been stormy all around the world and those fearful armies just keep coming.
Perhaps because this hugger misses being hugged.
“And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.” Ex 14:19-20
Whatever the ‘why’ behind the story, it dawned (get it?) on me today that despite the raging sea in front, the thundering armies behind, the impossibility in the face of reality, the LORD of Angel Armies never, ever forgets His people when they drop their closed, raised fists, reach out with open hands to their neighbor, find their knees, and seek His face.
His eyes shine light into the deep darkness, His hand of grace forms the wall between irreconcilable differences, His loving breath whispering a new reality.
2020 Vision eyes open.
And while 2019 did not go down in my journal as a favorite year, and so far, 2020 ain’t much better…yet…
And yet… all that night…
As I look at the stormy seas – look at the surrounding armies – see the darkness crowding my vision, I see His light piercing through – shining darts that add focus to my eyes.
A Grand reciting a poem he wrote.
A song sung at a Friday Shabbat.
Bittersweet treasured memories of loved ones swirling close to my heart.
Preachers speaking Truth through the Spirit, based upon His WORD.
His Light continues to break open the darkness around me – perhaps – brighter than I have ever seen it – or maybe – it is just my 2020 Vision has kicked in enough to see the immense spectrum of color that radiates within His Light. Whatever it is, I look up from my knees and know that …all that night… He breaths and makes all things new for all of us –
in the past –
in the presence –
in the future.
It is His promise through the whole Bible – a promise to make a way – through the raging seas – through the darkness – away from the overwhelming army at our backs – to return to where He has always wanted us to be – in the Garden of His presence.
“Loving each other with GOD as our Father,
Who loves us as a mother loves a newborn child.” Marty Goetz, “We Being Many” [google image]