Discontented, seemingly abandoned to the dangers of the wilderness, the Israelites became cynical. Where was God? Were they still walking in His will, or had they followed Moses into the desert to die? ‘For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness’, they grumbled, bitterly (Exodus 14:12). After hundreds of years bound in slavery to the Egyptians, they had been set free. God had performed miracle after miracle, displaying His power mightily. He had honoured His promise to the children of Israel and had made a way where there way no way. Pharaoh had finally let God’s people go. But a few months on, here they were; having escaped slavery, but not yet at their promised destination. Free, but not yet living in freedom. Lost in an in-between.
And so their bold faith - their trust in God – was replaced by negativity.
At this time, God said to Moses:
‘Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.’ Exodus 19:4
Have you forgotten all that I have done for you?
How I have carried you?
Could it be, that with those same wings God used to carry the Israelites out of Egypt, He was now stirring up the nest? Making it a little uncomfortable, forcing them to live by faith. He hadn’t rescued them, only to abandon them in the desert. He had brought them out of slavery and was now stirring them up; preparing them to step into their calling.
Have you ever taken a leap of faith? Walked boldly into the desert, only to feel suddenly alone?
It is a frightening feeling to go from the safety of the nest, warm and secure - to suddenly find yourself out of your comfort zone. It is especially alarming to find yourself needing to learn to fly, after having been carried by wings much larger than your own. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by doubt. Did you make the wrong decision? Have you wandered of track? Is God really in this?
Remember on whose wings you have been carried. Remember all that He has done for you. Has He really abandoned you?
Or is He stirring up the nest?
About the Author: My name is Ruth. I’m a Christian, writing about my faith. I’m a wife, a mummy and a nurse. I love to learn, mostly about God. I was raised as a Christian, but I didn’t have a white picket fence childhood. My C.V includes: a difficult childhood, self harm, depression, anxiety, eating disorder(s), teenage pregnancy and more. I believe that in Christ, I am a new creation and am no longer defined by my past. You can find me on the web at http://ruthpovey.com