No bridge - no worries
I am the one who cut a path through the mighty ocean. (Isaiah 43:16)
What 'mighty ocean' do you need God to cut a path through this year? Like it or not, there are times when insurmountable obstacles lie in our midst, begging to be crossed, but seeming to be without a way. The 'way' is made by God. There was no 'bridge' for the Israelites to cross when the Red Sea stood in their way. There were no 'steppingstones' across the rushing waters. There wasn't even a 'shallow' crossing point. The waters were their barrier between where they had been and where they needed to go. Some of us are standing right there today - between where we have been and where we need to go. I don't know about you, but I am not much good at 'building bridges'.
Maybe we need to trust God with making the way across instead of trying to build the bridge on our own! Too many times we attempt to 'fix the fix' without waiting on God to see how he will create the fix right there in our path. God didn't just lead them to a bridge - he led them to the place their faith would be tested. Imagine it - a wall of rushing water held back so you could walk out into the midst of it, on dry ground, crossing without issue. Would you put yourself in a 'place of danger' if God asked you to cross with such odds 'stacked against you'?
Forget what happened long ago! Don't think about the past. I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands. (Isaiah 43:18-19) God isn't finished with your story, no barrier will stop the completion of what he has begun deep within you. We may only see the rushing waters right now, but God sees the possibility of dry ground. The instruction is clear - forget about the past. Stop thinking about those things as though they still had an influence on you. They don't! Something new is being created - so cross over.
The more we focus on the barrier, the harder it becomes to cross over. We can continue to see the difficulties in front of us, recalling the issues behind us, or we can put it behind and move on. The Israelites didn't just flee their past with Egypt - they put the barrier between their past and their present! They allowed God to use what seemed insurmountable to them to become the thing that kept the past from coming into their present. Maybe we need to allow God to do the same for us. Just sayin!