The Israelites were trembling at the edge of the Red Sea with their enemies fast approaching from behind. The massive sea before them offered no hope of escape. They were stuck in an impossible situation and needed a miracle! Recently I discovered a hidden treasure in the Bible regarding this event (Exodus 14) that filled me with hope for an issue in my own life.
I had been feeling stuck in an impossible situation that just seemed to drag on and on. At times I could see glimpses of God’s Hand but during this particular stretch of time, I couldn’t find evidence of Him working anywhere. One day, I was reading Psalm 77, which looked encouraging. “…You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” I began to feel a little stronger.
I read on. Verse 19…
“Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.”
Wait a minute…the words jumped off the page! I started my conversation with God, “Your people were at the edge of the Red Sea with the massive water on one side and their enemies heading straight toward them on the other side. You opened the sea, creating a miraculous path right through the impossibility. You led them though your footprints were invisible.”
I pondered this for a while. No one could see God. There were no tracks, markers, maps or signposts. The Israelites were trapped at the edge of the sea with no way of escape. Not only could they hear the clamoring of the chariots, but also the roaring of the wind over the water. Where was God? Why didn’t He help them?
The Bible says the wind continued blowing through the night. Then, the people could see an opening, a path, straight through the middle of the sea. Amazingly, while they were trembling with fear in the dark, God had been busy restraining their enemies and paving the way through the impossibility.
The Israelites had no choice but to push forward and trust that God would hold up the gigantic walls of water until thousands passed through. The worst leg of their journey, traveling through the parted sea with water piled up high on both sides, was done in the darkness with no footprints of God Almighty. Yet they miraculously arrived exactly where God wanted them to be, safely across the Red Sea. With the Egyptians in stubborn pursuit, the Israelites watched in shock as the massive walls of water fell over their enemies, destroying them forever.
I continued my conversation with God, “Does that mean that we do not need to see Your footprints? You will get me where I need to be even though I can’t find you?” I sat back in my chair, in awe that God would so powerfully make it clear to me that I don’t need to see every move He makes and every step He takes. Even in the midst of the loneliest, darkest moment of my problem or the worst leg of my journey, God will miraculously make a way and lead me through it.
So…… God’s amazing handiwork and greatest miracle during the Israelite’s trek to the Promised Land in the Old Testament was done without footprints!