A hard heart.
An empty camp.
What must Pharaoh be feeling? I watched as hundreds of us fled, astonished that he had even let us go. It felt like a dream. Tears of joy and jubilation!
A man named Moses, now drew us out of a painful place to a promised place. I was amazed!
But then the sound. The sound unlike our footsteps, sheep and horses.
This was a rage. A stampede.
My heart stopped in dread. I feared it was the Egyptians coming back! They had changed their minds and wanted us back as slaves again.
A far off we saw them. Like a burning fire they came, FAST!
My people were now in a panic! A man near me screamed at Moses! “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness!!??”
Another man yelled, “What have you done to us!”
I searched for a place to run. There were only two options. Run towards the Egyptians and hope that they would spare me, or drown into the Sea! Either way I was dead. I was stricken with fear! I looked towards Moses.
He studied us as we pushed. His eyes staring over us, listening to the God that was saving us from slavery. We swarmed to him for answers. We were so afraid to die!
We, like the same stampeding chariots of the Egyptians, rushed toward him.
Moses turned toward the water. I saw his hand tremble, holding his staff. He turned back toward us and said,
“Fear not! Stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
He lifted up His staff and stretched his hand over the sea. The water began to divide! Dry land appeared in front of my eyes! I could not believe! In the dark behind me, I could see that the cloud we had followed, now had kept our enemy at bay. We were told to cross. Through the night we walked. We walked through the Sea.
I could hear the fish, smell the salt. Feel the cold wind. I was almost deaf from the thundering water as it roared! My feet were completely dry as I looked up to my left and saw a great wall of water towering over us, staying there! Also one to my right! Many were running, yelling to hurry. I could only stare in disbelief. I was pushed down, kicked and felt like I was to suffocate! In my panic I picked up my pace. As I was a part of the last group to step out, I leapt from the bottom of the sea onto the opposite shore from the Egyptians.
Moses then spread his hand over the waters once we were safe, and the walls of water fell down!
The Sea was back together again…it was calm.
Now it being the morning, I looked and saw the dead.
Thousands of Egyptian men and animals lay strewn over the shore. I guessed that they attempted to run through the Sea too. They didn’t make it. They died in their pursuits to kill us. But God was protecting us.
Being safe on the other side we began to praise!
“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the Sea…”
Taken from Exodus 14 and 15 (ESV)