During worship at church I was struck with a thought that grabbed my attention. I was singing one of my favorite songs, “No Longer Slaves.” The chorus says,
“I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God”
This has become one of my battle cries in my war against food addiction. But today when I sang the bridge of the song:
“You split the sea so I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me so I could stand and sing
I am a child of God”
I pictured the splitting of the Red Sea when the children of Israel were fleeing the enemy. It was a sudden, immediate miracle. But I didn’t feel like my weight loss journey was like that. It wasn’t a sudden breakthrough but a long process of struggling, of seeking and praying. Then it struck me. The moment wasn’t sudden for the Israelites either. It came after centuries of slavery and struggle. It came after Moses, the man of God, pleaded with Pharaoh, the ruler of the day, to let them go. They went through plague after plague while God fought for their freedom through Moses. They were protected from the plagues but it still must have been horrific to witness. It came after God gave them a tradition that would point them to the Messiah and his future sacrifice for them. It came after their obedience and it came after they followed God’s leading.
Once they finally got permission from Pharaoh to go to the desert to worship, the Egyptian army was sent against them. They spent a long night up against the sea with nowhere to go and the Egyptian army on their heels. God stood between the Israelites and the Egyptians. The next day, as they stood on the shore and witnessed the sudden splitting of the sea for their freedom as the enemy bore down on them, it seemed they were rescued in an instant. But they had experienced the many works God had done to bring them to the place where they were ready to step out into what He had for them.
But God had done many great works preparing and equipping them for the faith journey to a promised land. Now I stand at the edge of my own breakthrough and am realizing all God has done in me to bring me to this point. As this sea parts I stand in wonder not only at what God has prepared for me, but also at what He has prepared me for.