Your Story - My Story
by Judy Webb
I remember many years ago watching the movie, The Ten Commandments. This movie, even though I was very young, had an impact on me, one that I carry many memories of with me to this day. I was maybe only 7 or 8 at the time, but God had begun to be a real presence in my life. I was starting to see God’s activity around me. My family wasn’t particularly involved in church life, but I knew then that there was a God who cared and who loved me.
What a story this is, a story of captivity, freedom, fear, and failure! The mere scope of the Israelites life in the desert and the struggles, doubts, backsliding and finally forward motion into the Promised Land. Every inch was hard-fought, every mile a testimony to the faithful leadership of Moses and Aaron, all because God’s love covered them all.
These fourteen verses paint a picture of the preparation of this journey from Egyptian captivity to the beginning leg of the trip, leaving in haste. Their last meal in Egypt was tightly scripted.
“Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roasted it over a fire – with the head, legs and internal organs. Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning you must burn it. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.
The Lord was preparing them for a fast get-away. The Egyptians were going to be very angry, and God knew the Israelites would be in danger. They needed to move quickly.
God has carried each of us from danger to safety at one time or another. I know that God has been and in fact is now, watching over me every day. Just the fact that I am still alive and breathing, is a testimony to his faithfulness. I can relate to the ungrateful mindset of the Israelites, as I too am often ungrateful and selfish. But I have the advantage of having my Bible right by my side every morning. I can turn to Words of wisdom and find comfort and direction.
Proverbs 29:25, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”
Dear Lord, remind me each day as I turn to your word of wisdom and direction, that your love is never ending. Your love knows no bounds and your forgiveness is all because of Jesus. Continue to teach me your ways. Amen.