Dividing the Sea
After a summer missions trip and a month off, I’ve finally reached that daunting step: the job search. Yesterday I viewed job postings on Indeed.com (I do love that site), added LinkedIn contacts, and read overwhelming job descriptions and equally challenging qualifications. One must have excellent communication skills, be able to multitask and work under pressure, meet strict deadlines, be creative and think outside the box… Requirements big enough to bowl me over.
But I realized yesterday that God has provided jobs before. In amazing ways. I must do my part, but it is He Who makes it work.
That’s really a profound realization, one which wraps an entire job search in confidence: If I do my part and God wants me to work at a place, He will handle the details, open doors and move hearts. If He does not, He will guide me elsewhere.
Just out of college, I applied to a whole string of companies, dutifully listing each place and date and response (or lack thereof) in a notebook. On one such day, walking down the Main Street sidewalk, I noticed a stately brick bank I’d never entered before. I decided to ascend the steps and walk over to the center desk.
They gave me an application, which I completed then and there. My boss-to-be came from her office to meet me. It just so happened that they were hiring for a part-time teller. That seemingly stumbled-upon opportunity turned into the blessing of a good job, which soon grew into full-time. God had worked it all out and guided each step.
It’s hard to be positive when the well seems dry and you see no results. But bottom line, there’s no cause for worry.
I think of the Israelites as they were escaping Egypt. They were pinned in by the Red Sea (in front) and the Egyptian army (behind). “So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.” (Exodus 14:10b)
I love the responses to their fear; they speak strongly to our situations today: “And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today.’ (Exo. 14:13a)
Then God told Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.” (Exo. 14:15) He instructed Moses to lift up his rod and stretch out his hand over the sea and divide it.
With the Egyptian army menacing behind them, how could they not be afraid? And with the sea in front of them, how could they go forward?
But God had it. His Angel moved around behind the people to create a barrier of protection, keeping the Egyptian army from approaching them. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea in front of them, and God sent “a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.” (Exo. 14:21)
Thus the children of Israel walked across the sea on dry land and escaped the Egyptians, who in turn drowned.
Who does that? Can you imagine being hunched against a strong wind, walking on dry ground with walls of water on either side? That is only and totally God working!
I don’t know what you’re dealing with today. It may not be a job search; it may be something bigger. Some insurmountable obstacle looming ahead, or some fear engulfing your mind. Reach out to Jesus.
God wants you to stand still and see His salvation for you. And also to go forward, knowing He will work everything out according to His good plan.
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10