It was the last morning of an exhausting 5 day Ofsted inspection. I’d had lessons observed virtually all week – far more than my fair share, even though they’d all been successful. As usual on a Friday morning, I was taking senior students out to a gym across town; but with limited seats, to take an inspector, as they wished, meant leaving behind a student. (Not to mention the fact that I’d had enough of being inspected!) I vociferously argued against it, and it was begrudgingly accepted. Nevertheless, I rounded up the students onto the minibus, and drove off as fast as safely and legally possible, all the time anticipating an inspector following us to the gym by car, and my heart pounded unhealthily fast the whole way! I only slightly relaxed when we had finally gone through the stringent security in place at the gym, and it was pretty certain no-one could follow us through. Crazy, I know; but Ofsteds get to you like that!
It was somewhat more serious for the Israelites, as the feared Egyptian army gained on their rear (Exodus 14:19-23). No doubt adrenalin would have been rushing, hearts beating hard, every nerve and muscle straining as they made their way down the miraculously formed pathway across the sea. I wonder if they were completely aware of how amazing it was that they were walking through two walls of water, or whether the enemy on their heels took more of their attention.
A few thoughts come to me from this short passage.
- Just because God makes a way for us, does not mean the going will be easy.
- When God makes the way, we can walk through difficulties relatively unscathed, however scary or tiring it might be. Undoubtedly, the Israelites suffered a few cuts and bruises in their haste, but God brings healing to our hurts eventually.
- Instead of looking at the problem, we need to look around at the great things God is doing. We can miss the miracles if we focus on the difficulties.
Being afraid in difficult situations is part of being a fallen human; part of our lack of trust in God. It’s hard not to be afraid sometimes, but God has promised to be with us always. And he never sits on his hands. Look around, not back. Don’t miss what he’s doing!