Imagine you and your family standing at the edge of a deep ocean with the thundering sounds of horses approaching, carrying battle-ready soldiers who want to harm you. You see the dark forces coming as you cling to your children, but there is absolutely no way out. You have never been gripped by such fear and desperation. But wait. At that exact moment of your hopelessness, you see great walls of water rising up out of the sea right in front of you…and there it is: the way of escape you never could have imagined, a straight path of deliverance in the midst of an impossible situation.
The people who experienced this great deliverance were the chosen ones of God. They had been in bondage to the Egyptians for over 400 years and daily experienced despair and hopelessness, but then God came and moved among them like never before, delivering on His promise to never forsake his people. Standing at the edge of the Red Sea that day, God’s people became witnesses to the mighty power and sovereignty of the One who is king over all, the One who is able to overcome the impossible.
Have you ever stood at the edge of the impossible? Have you ever looked at what surrounded you and thought that there was no way out? Maybe you are standing there right now, and you see nothing but hopelessness. I have been on that edge. I have looked around me only to see impossible odds and a future that was dark. I have traveled down treacherous paths, only to find myself lost at the end of the road, consumed by fear and desperation. But through it all, I have learned that times like those are when God is getting ready to perform a mighty work in my life.
If there is one thing that God loves to do, it is to take the impossible and make it possible. That day at the water’s edge, unbeknownst to His people, God was preparing to perform a mighty act, one that would save their lives. Although they were gripped by fear, Moses rallied the people to put their faith in God, even if their minds could not imagine any path of escape. He declared to them, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today…The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:13-14).
Those verses thrill my heart because I have seen their truths in my life. I have experienced the deliverance of the Lord; I have witnessed the Lord himself fighting for me as I stood by unable to do anything. I have learned that sometimes God takes us right out on the edge of desperation so that we will be forced to look to him as our only hope, where He can work wonders before our eyes and amaze us with His power to save. He knows that if we never look up to Him, we will never be saved. He could let us live a life of ease with no challenges or struggles, but He knows that we may never give Him an upward glance. However, if He gets us to a place where we realize we can’t make it on our own strength, His heart rejoices that our deliverance is near.
Sometimes God takes us through the waters to show us He can lead us out. He takes us to places where He can stretch our faith higher and deeper than we could ever go on our own. And when we see God’s glory revealed in the darkest places of our lives, we become witnesses who can testify to the power of His light and His glory. He can send us out into the world to declare His saving power to others, and He will have more lights to shine for Him in this world. Yes, God’s way is sometimes “through the sea,” and His path “through the great waters” (Psalm 77:19), but He takes us there so we can become the people He has called us to be.
“Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.” Psalm 77:19-20