Daily Reading: Exodus 15:20–21

Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. (Ex. 15:21)

“Follow me across these stones,” called our guide as she set out over the pond in the Japanese garden. It was spring, and my granddaughters and I were enjoying the pagoda-like buildings set among flowering trees and carefully raked rock gardens. We loved the gracefully arched bridge where the girls had thrown handfuls of fish food into the gaping mouths of the hungry carp swimming below. But now we hesitated. How could this possibly be a safe path? If we lost our balance and fell, we would get soaked. Even worse, those carp might come and nibble on us. The guide looked back at us questioningly and then smiled. “Look down at the water,” she said. “It’s only a few inches deep here.” We laughed at our fears and followed her to enjoy the rest of the garden.

Can you imagine what it must have been like to follow Moses between those walls of water? I’m sure the first people hesitated, just as my granddaughters and I did, and then laughed in relief as they realized the ground ahead wasn’t even wet. When everyone got to the other side, men and women burst into a song of thanksgiving to God for providing a safe path through the sea, especially when they looked back and saw the water crashing down to cover the Egyptians and their horses.

Trust God for the path He leads you on today, and thank Him for His protection.

Kathy O’Neill and her husband live in Oklahoma City, where she loves teaching about Jesus with illustrations.