Miracles are defined simply as an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency. Another characteristic of miracles is that they are often times rare. Growing up in a christian home, I had a children’s bible containing stories from the bible and many if not all involved God performing miracles for the children of Israel. One of the stories involved God parting the Red Sea for the people of Israel to cross over. I never really understood how miraculous this was until recently.
I was born and raised in a land locked country, my first encounter with a major water body was delayed until towards the end of high school and even then, it was a small lake found in the south Western part of the country. That is definitely not much to go by if you want to understand how much needed to go into parting the Red Sea. Someone once told me that we human beings don’t see things as they really are, we see them as ‘we’ are and I couldn’t agree more. This definitely explains why it might not feel very miraculous to someone who hasn’t so much as seen the Sea, they simply can’t imagine it. Sure we can sing about it and even preach about it but we will never be able to understand this miracle in all its magnitude.At least I didn’t.
I recently got an opportunity to travel to Hurghada, Egypt. A city that is situated on the Red Sea coast. I was curious to know what the Sea looked like and so on the last day of my visit, I along with a friend made an excursion out to sea. The Sea was imposing, intimidating it was almost as though it was letting us know that we were trespassing. It took us several hours to get from the shore to our destination and several hours back. Its deepest point is 3000 meters and its width is 100 times that length. Looking back, I can now see why the people of Israel were so scared being faced with such a site. They had no boat therefore no means to get across and behind them were their former masters pursuing them relentlessly. Right there and then it was obvious they were certainly going to die at Sea.
When you read this story, on the onset, you might not be able to understand why the were scared. You may even judge their unbelief and wonder why they would be so quick to distrust God. You, the reader have the luxury of knowing the end of the story, they didn’t. All they saw was the looming danger of an imposing sea in front of them. This understanding of the story hadn’t occurred to me until I was back home. After realizing that this miracle was so much more than we give it credit for, I decided to write this. However, even then that is not the most important part of the story.
This realization is evidence to our inherent ability to down play God’s ability in our lives. Our miniature perception of who God is has got us thinking that some things he can’t handle. They seem big, complex, imposing and in a matter of minutes we become convinced that no one, not even God cannot solve them. Through some especially hard times in my life, I have seen God’s infinite power transform my situation and rescue me from a dire situation. This miracle confirms the age-old fact that God is not limited by our seemingly massive challenges, his power transcends all realms. Another interesting realization I have found is that God is a gentleman, he doesn’t impose himself on you or your life, he will only show up by invitation. Make a deliberate choice to trust him with every element of your life. I have never been sorry, you won’t be either.