Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:   “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:16-19

So here’s the scenario: You and the entire nation—thousands of men, women, and children, plus livestock and all your stuff—are journeying across the wilderness. You don’t really know where you’re headed, but God said He is taking you to the land flowing with milk and honey. You sure could use some of that right now.

All of a sudden, everyone starts running like crazy. You’re being chased! So you start moving, too. Panting and almost gasping for air, you run…but then everything comes to a halt. You look around in panic, and you’re all thinking the same thing: Israel is going to be history.

Right in front of you is the Red Sea, and unless God would send an ark like Noah’s straight out of heaven (though at this point, you would have never imagined He would do such a thing), there is just NO way you could swim across the ocean to get to safety.

Just then, Moses, the guy God put in charge, is waving his staff over his head, and miracle of miracles, the sea water starts rising. Next thing you know, you’re walking on the ocean floor with the sea water towering on opposite sides like walls. But you don’t have the time to take in the wonder of it all. You hurry along; the water is closing in.

You make it to the other side, dry and unscathed.

Instead of getting wiped off the face of the earth, Israel made history with the crossing of the Red Sea.

Pure Awesomeness

I wonder how it would have been like to witness that miracle with my own eyes. God’s power defied all the laws of nature when He parted the Red Sea, showing that He is sovereign above all and is able to do as He pleases.

Something that huge is bound to have had an immense and lasting impact on those who were there.

Interestingly, though, during their wilderness wandering, God had to keep getting Israel’s attention by performing miracle after amazing miracle to remind them that He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good. Despite the things that God kept doing for them, though, we would read in the Bible that the Israelites still grew unsatisfied and demanded more from God. Worse, they even became rebellious against Him.

Their problem? Lack of trust.

Letting Go of Control

Long-time Christians know that trusting God is not always easy.

Personally, I prefer the predictable over the spontaneous. As a writer, I’m used to knowing how my stories and articles would end. Recently, though, God has been teaching me that as the Author of my life, He is the one who holds the pen, not me, so I need to let Him do the writing.

The thing is, God keeps writing plot twist after plot twist into the story of my life, and I would admit that I am not happy about some of them. At this point, I don’t really know where God is taking me.

Maybe you feel the same way.

There are things that happen in our life that we don’t understand. Often when we go through something difficult or painful, we ask, “Lord, is this really necessary? Do I really have to go through this?” Even David, in Psalms 13, cried out to God saying, “How long, O Lord?”

Yet in the same passage, David declared his trust in the Lord’s steadfast love—the same love that God extends to us, the same love that we can hold on to.

A trusting heart will realize that there is beauty in not knowing what will happen next or how things will work out. This beauty is found in the hands of the God who knows the future and makes things perfect in His time. It may be hard to see it now, but there will be a day when God will transform the ugly, the chaotic, the hopeless into something beautiful, flourishing, and useful for His glory.  There will be a day when God will blow through the sea to part the waters for you so you can walk on dry ground and cross to the safe side. There will be a day when pain ends, and His joy will be complete in you.

Soon it will be evident that in those times when it seemed like God has thrown you off track, He was actually leading you to the right path.

All you need to do is believe and let Him lead.