I read an inspiring quote once. I do not remember the exact words, but it went something like this:
When God is about to do something amazing, He starts with a predicament—at first, it appears difficult, then it looks impossible; then, it is done.
When I look back at what God did during the Biblical era and also in my own life, I find this to be very true.
Let us consider the case of Moses, for instance.
Pharaoh finally agrees to set the Israelites free. Moses is probably thinking it is best to get out of town as soon as possible, before Pharaoh changes his mind again. Moses probably has his own ideas about the route they should take out of Egypt. He knows that the road that goes up the coast to Philistia is the shortest route. But when God decides to take a different route and lead them out through a roundabout way, Moses does not question His judgment. He lets God handle everything. Follow the cloud, that’s what we are going to do, boys. Wherever the cloud goes, we go too.
Everything seems to be going according to plan at first. However, at some point during the Exodus, God changes the blueprint and tells Moses to turn back and head to the beach. Moses is probably perplexed and thinking: “Um, did I hear Him right? Did God really say what I just heard Him say? He wants us to turn back and head towards the sea??!! I mean that’s a dead-end! The people will think I am insane.”
Moses is aware that God is putting him in a very sticky situation. He is puzzled. Nevertheless, he obeys. A few days later, he finds himself staring at the open sea. Then, to add to his dilemma, someone brings news that the Egyptian army is in hot pursuit.
Great! I am boxed in! Now what?!
Moses and the people he is leading are caught between the devil and the deep sea—literally! There is no way out. Escape is difficult. No, it is impossible.
And then… it is Done!!!
The sea begins to part and every person in Moses’ camp makes it to the other side.
The Egyptians are not so lucky though. Their chariots get clogged, the sea closes over them, and they drown. The incident goes down as one of the greatest miracles in the annals of human history. (You can read all about it in the Bible; Exodus 13 has the details.)
Okay! Question time. What made this miracle possible?
At the root of it all lay faith. Moses had to trust God and walk in the direction he was being led. Even though Moses realized that the mighty Red Sea lay ahead, he did not let that tiny detail stop him.
Moses knew deep down that if God brought him to that situation, God would also pull him out of it. Moses simply had to do his part and show up on the beach.
But what if Moses doubted God? What if he thought: “You know what?! Maybe God has got it all wrong this time? Everybody knows there’s a sea in that direction. I mean come on, man! I am trying to escape here! And I am leading women and children. Give me a break! What are we going to do when we get to the beach? Build boats and have a barbecue?!!!”
Luckily, Moses’ faith in God was very strong. His conviction was not like our faith, which wavers the moment the first waves of trouble start lapping at our feet. Moses followed through with God’s plan—he did his best. And God did the rest.
Let us then be encouraged to trust God and follow Him wholeheartedly, confident in the knowledge that with His help we can overcome anything. And when our problems appear difficult or impossible to overcome, let us smile knowing that God is about to do something amazing.
We may not know what the future holds. But let us take heart in knowing that the One Who holds the future also holds our hand.