You probably know the story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea.
Freedom finally secured from Pharaoh, Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt down to the shore of the red sea. Meanwhile Pharaoh was busy changing his mind about letting God’s people go. So he sent his army chasing after them.
When the Israelites got word Pharaoh’s army was in hot pursuit, their rejoicing turned to complaining. Here they were, just delivered, now pinned between the Red Sea and an army, nowhere to go. They blamed Moses, asking why he brought them to the desert to die. It was better to remain slaves they said!
We know how the story ends. God worked a miracle. He parted the Red Sea. The Israelites got across. Pharaoh’s army drowned.
The place the Israelites didn’t want to be, the place that seemed like such a bad idea, was right where God wanted them to be. It was the avenue God used to deliver them.
How often do we think we’re in a bad place? How often do we bemoan or regret our circumstances? How often do we beg God to just get us out of here? But what if like the Israelites we’re right where God wants us to be?
Maybe there’s a lesson God wants us to learn. Maybe he’s going to work through us to minister to someone else. Maybe he wants to demonstrate his love by working a miracle for us. Maybe he just wants us to trust him more.
Take some time to look at the less than desirable circumstances in your life from a different perspective. How is God using them to work?