The story of Exodus in the Bible is a tale of God’s people on the move. Their story, although not identical to ours, is more similar than we might first imagine. We’ve never been slaves, but we’ve all faced and still have obstacles that prevent us from being truly free — some more than others, but each of us can identify ways we are enslaved. What are some of those things – opinions of others, an over-scheduled life, ties to the past, etc.? Are there pharaohs in your life, as well?
During Easter season we ask God to free us from all those things and people so we can serve him. I also think we are called to ask ourselves whether we are someone else’s pharaoh, are we holding on to someone preventing him or her real freedom. Do we also impose chains on ourselves? If we first free all those we enslave, we have gone a long way toward freeing ourselves. God will do the rest.