“The angel of God, who had been going in front of the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them. The pillar of the cloud moved from in front and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel. It was a cloud along with darkness [even by day to the Egyptians], but it gave light by night [to the Israelites]; so one [army] did not come near the other all night.” Exodus 14:19-20 (AMP)
With three days to go until the wedding, the question I’m asked repeatedly is, “How are you doing?” I don’t understand why there is a hush in my spirit and my words fail to come together. God’s Word is alive and active, and it’s the only Place I can find language in the thick of transition.
Lately I’ve been reading about the Israelites leaving Egypt after 430 years of living as slaves in a foreign land. Today, I read the above verses, and I noticed for the first time that God’s Presence moved from leading in front to standing behind the Israelites. They were delivered from harsh slavery with taskmasters that demeaned and abused at every opportunity. The Lord moved after the Israelites observed the Egyptians pursuing them. When the Presence of God moved behind them, they could no longer see the enemy.
In this account of Israel’s exodus from Egypt, I found my language. With the wedding coming up, it feels like I’m standing on the shore of the Red Sea, looking back at that which used to keep me enslaved. Instead of seeing the enemy, the sin I lived in before Christ won me over and brokenness – all I can see is God’s Presence. He has delivered me from all of my enemies, even the one of self-destruction. And, instead of seeing fear on every side, all I can see is Him, protecting me, directing me, and instilling a peace my mind can’t grasp. The unknown path of deliverance and freedom before me. The promised land awaiting, full of potential and part of the inheritance God has in store this side of heaven. Changes abound all around, yet the true and unrelenting Trustworthy One is in my midst, shaping and molding me in further preparation for this new union.