“In the daytime he led them by a cloud, and all night by a pillar of fire.”
Imagine, being one of the Israelite slaves in Egypt.
You just watched a series of weird and wild plagues hit the country. You participated in the first Passover, during which all homes with no blood painted on the door posts lost a son after a visit by some sort of death angel.
Then this Moses fellow leads you out to freedom – right straight through the middle of the Red Sea.
When the army chases you down to capture you, the waters crash back into place.
No more army.
Now, another phenomenon. This crazy cloud shows up and guards the tabernacle – the tent created to worship God in. When the cloud lifts, you break camp, pack up your own tent, and follow it.
At night, it glows.
A pillar of fire. Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up.
I mean, what on earth?
And still, you falter. You have moments of doubt. You wonder if you are on the right track. You question the reason behind some of the commands.
Day by day, moment by moment, miracles or no – you still need to learn how to live this new life of faith.
Sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it?
Have you ever wished for a ‘golden scroll’ – a sign of some sort to direct your plans, or dispense much needed wisdom?
A ‘pillar of fire’, so to speak?
Yeah. I hear you. I really do.
Some days, it feels as though things would be easier if we had a whole pile of miracles to follow. I’d love to have some sort of wacky miraculous phenomenon show up in the nick of time and confirm my next move. It feels at times as though if I only had me a fresh miracle, I’d automatically become faithful.
But here’s the thing.
God gave me everything I need for life and godliness in His perfect, complete message – His miraculous Word. I don’t need more miracles. I have a record of them to guide me – my own pillar of fire.
Can’t God do miracles nowadays?
Absolutely. He can do anything. But I think we need to be careful not to discount the Bible and the everyday beautiful gifts we are surrounded by in our quest for the wild and wonderful.
Rather than waiting around for a Red Sea parting, or a plague of frogs, I’m training my eyes to see Him in everyday places. It is the small things that when noticed, appreciated, and meditated upon, help me to draw close to His beautiful heart.
I mean, is it just me, or is this sunset eerily pillar of fire-ish?
Open your eyes to everyday evidences of God’s love and care with me?
Father, thank You for the powerful miracles You have performed through history – they leave a blazing trail for us to follow. Thank You also for Your Word, which reveals Your character, and for the gifts You provide through nature. Help us to see You in all facets of our day. Amen.