A Hopeless End…or…An Endless Hope

Figures Pharaoh and His Host Drowned in the Re...

Figures Pharaoh and His Host Drowned in the Red Sea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Red Sea in front…mountains and hills on the sides…Pharaoh and his army behind. The scenario in Exodus 14 looks hopeless.

Yet, it is the Lord who engineered this setting. He brought the plagues, one at a time to reveal Pharaohs hard heart. He caused the Hebrews to be driven out of Egypt. He directs Moses along a particular path, even having them double back to this specific spot. This…difficult…spot.

How do these people of God, these people who have seen God’s hand through ten plagues, react? Do they behave in a way that lives out a growingly faithful response of “let’s see what the Lord will do”? No. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. Then they lashed out at Moses. “This is your fault. Why have you done this? Why didn’t you leave us in Egypt?”

As I journey along with this group of pilgrims I am shocked during my first reading of their response. Until I think about how I react when I am caught between a rock and a hard place. Until I remember times when I have lashed out at my loved ones when I am frustrated by unexpected situations. That dampens my exasperation with them immediately. That softens my heart towards their still small faith.

These Israelite pilgrims were enslaved for so many generations that they could not think free just yet. Their faith was still in training. Every difficult situation is an opportunity to show faith, yes. But it also an opportunity to grow faith. For me also. Not to show grumbling. Not to show complaining. Not to show fault finding. Not to show blame throwing.

Dear Lord, I hope that soon I will be trained into a woman whose first thought flies with hope faithfully to you.

Blessings To You Who Meander After Moses With Me,

About ccragamuffin

Christina C. is a woman energized by encouraging others. She never wants to forget that she is a ragamuffin...a broken earthen vessel, heavy laden, bedraggled, and weary until grace changed her life. She now holds a treasure in a cracked earthen vessel. Anything bright or beautiful is the treasure shining through the cracks.
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4 Responses to A Hopeless End…or…An Endless Hope

  1. Lyn Leahz says:

    I marvel at how the Holy Spirit works…this has been going on for days and days now…where so many of us, led by the Spirit, are writing about the same things! Whoa! I literally just commented on someone else’s site about warfare and I used the whole Exodus experience as guidelines..and then I come here and see this! It is an awesome thing to see the Holy Spirit at work…how the Lord always gives His people such clear and concise confirmation! God bless you! Loving everything you post! You two are wonderful!

    • ccragamuffin says:

      Thank you for your kind words Lyn…but as you so insightfully wrote…it is the Lord at work. I do love to give the Lord a praise party! Thanks for getting the praise rolling!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. And, Blessings To You.

  2. mtsweat says:

    A meaningful message for me this morning, Cee Cee. How easy it is to become discouraged even to dispair when we look at our circumstances and the onrush of the world’s attacks. I need to learn that my eyes are to be on Jesus always, remembering He is the Author and Finisher of my faith. Walk by faith… walk by faith… walk by faith… Blessings, good friend.

    • ccragamuffin says:

      Yes, yes, yes to “my eyes are to be on Jesus”. Faith does not despair in the circumstances, or deny the circumstances, it is not looking at them at all because faith’s eyes are on the Lord of the circumstances. Yes, yes. This is much easier for me to write about than to live…so I will continue to meander after Moses that I may grow stronger in this faith walk. Walking companions are a great encouragement and deeply appreciated. Blessings to you. (and as weird as it may sound…I just types those last two lines while singing KC and the Sunshine Bands “Boogie Shoes”…I’m gonna put on, my, my, my boogie shoes, and boogie with you…)

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