After the Jews crossed the Red Sea, they began to wander. How about you? Ever overcome a huge hurdle and ask yourself, “what next?” Even though the Jews had been delivered from bondage and the cruelty of slavery, they found themselves wanting to return. Now the Bible says they wanted to return to the “fleshpots” of Egypt, rather than trust God. But I suspect rather than “fleshpots” they longed for certainty. Sometimes the known, no matter how terrible, is more comforting than the unknown, the uncertainty,and the future with unknown prospects.
During this Easter season we reflect on the sacrifices of Lent and wonder where do I go from here? We need to be reminded over and over, like Moses did, to trust in God. I understand “in-between” time. Having overcome health issues and receiving a “new life” through a transplant, I wonder what’s next, why am I still here, and when do I get out of this holding pattern. I also admit, on occasion, thinking about my old life – although I’d hardly call it a “fleshpot.”
I need, as we all need, to be reminded to trust in God. Reading the story of Exodus reminds us that we all face times when we are in a “holding pattern.” I, we, pray for patience, confidence, trust, and faith. And on a personal note I add, “if it be your will, make it a little less than forty years.”