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Opening Up

19 The angel of God, who had been in front of the army of Israel, moved and went to the rear. The pillar of cloud also moved until it was 20 between the Egyptians and the Israelites. The cloud made it dark for the Egyptians, but gave light to the people of Israel, and so the armies could not come near each other all night.

21 Moses held out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind. It blew all night and turned the sea into dry land. The water was divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on both sides. 23 The Egyptians pursued them and went after them into the sea with all their horses, chariots, and drivers. 24 Just before dawn the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw them into a panic. 

25 He made the wheels of their chariots get stuck, so that they moved with great difficulty. The Egyptians said, “The Lord is fighting for the Israelites against us. Let’s get out of here!”

26 The Lord said to Moses, “Hold out your hand over the sea, and the water will come back over the Egyptians and their chariots and drivers.” 27 So Moses held out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the water returned to its normal level. The Egyptians tried to escape from the water, but the Lord threw them into the sea. 

28 The water returned and covered the chariots, the drivers, and all the Egyptian army that had followed the Israelites into the sea; not one of them was left. 29 But the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on both sides.

30 On that day the Lord saved the people of Israel from the Egyptians, and the Israelites saw them lying dead on the seashore. 31 When the Israelites saw the great power with which the Lord had defeated the Egyptians, they stood in awe of the Lord; and they had faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

Exodus 14:19-31

Caught in a hard place,
a place of terror.
A place where home
and the place of rescue
had become
a burden
and where we were enslaved.

God stood between God’s people
and their enemies,
giving protection,
shining God’s light
to see the way forward.

We had to step forward,
into the way we were shown,
without knowing how
or why.
But we went
only in God’s strength –
not our own.

Today, what is God opening up before us?  Where is God taking us?  From the fear and disorientation of the last sixth months, where might God be leading me and you?

May God bless us,
each on our journey with God
and other.

May you know God’s presence,
this day
       and always.

Bread From Heaven

What I need Lord,
more than I need,
your abundance,
right where I am.
Your provision
for each one of us,
right here.

Forgive me
for doubting,
moaning,
wondering,
fearing
what would happen.

Thank you
for giving,
blessing,
loving,
and caring.

Psalm 78:23-29 (CEV)

23 But God gave a command
    to the clouds,
    and he opened the doors
    in the skies.
24 From heaven he sent grain
    that they called manna.
25 He gave them more than enough,
    and each one of them ate
    this special food.

26 God’s mighty power
    brought a strong wind
    from the southeast,
27 and it brought birds
that covered the ground,
    like sand on the beach.
28 Then God made the birds fall
    in the camp of his people
    near their tents.

29 God gave his people
    all they wanted,
    and each of them ate
    until they were full.

Don’t Bite the Hand…

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you,

so the saying goes.  In other words, don’t act against those on whom you depend.

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Don’t Worship Idols

10 Friends, I want to remind you that all of our ancestors walked under the cloud and went through the sea. This was like being baptised and becoming followers of Moses. All of them also ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink, which flowed from the spiritual rock that followed them. That rock was Christ. But most of them did not please God. So they died, and their bodies were scattered all over the desert.

What happened to them is a warning to keep us from wanting to do the same evil things. They worshipped idols, just as the Scriptures say, “The people sat down to eat and drink. Then they got up to dance around.” So don’t worship idols. Some of those people did shameful things, and in a single day about twenty-three thousand of them died. Don’t do shameful things as they did. And don’t try to test Christ, as some of them did and were later bitten by poisonous snakes. 10 Don’t even grumble, as some of them did and were killed by the destroying angel. 11 These things happened to them as a warning to us. All this was written in the Scriptures to teach us who live in these last days.

12 Even if you think you can stand up to temptation, be careful not to fall. 13 You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptations.

The advice here refers to the people’s wanderings in the desert from Exodus 13:21-22, 14:22-29, 16:35, 17:6 and 32:6; and Numbers 20:11, 14:29-30, 11:4, 25:1-18 and 16:41-49

They were happy to eat the food and drink the water God provided – but were not quite so happy to live his ways.  They wanted what God offered them, but they also still wanted things their own way, to be able to behave how they wanted.  They listened to the moaning of others, began to think how badly off they were and joined in the moaning.  They forgot all God had done for them, and turned to other gods.  They complained all along, forgetting what they had been rescued from.

The price they had to pay for that was never reaching the Promised Land.

This makes me wonder, do I forget what God has done for me?  Do I moan and complain?  Do I turn to the idols of an easy life?

Or do I remember all that God has done, and give thanks?

There are all manner of temptations, that become our idols if we let them.  Lent is about finding the strength to walk from those temptations, and do the things that we know are what God asks of us.

So, if God is the one we depend on, do we turn to him?  Or away from him?

Do we act for him?  Or against him?

Lord,

you provide me with so much,

all that I need.

May I never forget that,

never turn from you,

not look for easy answers,

but depend on you.