After the Israelites fled Egypt, going through the desert, being chased by the Egyptians chariots, crossing the sea and watching the sea engulf the Egyptian pursuers, Moses and his sister Miriam led Israel in a song of celebration.
Moses sang about how God was a warrior who shattered the Egyptians army. He describes how a blast from God’s nostrils piled up the waters. Moses engages in poetic license because he did not see God’s nostrils. He did not see God’s breath breathing.
Rather Exodus tells the miracle of the parting of the sea in just one verse.
“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided.” (Exodus 14:21)
A natural phenomenon of a sustained east wind gale explains how the sea is parted. This phenomenon could easily be used, and has, to dismiss any involvement from the LORD.
Moses, however, did know his desperation when he was at the edge of the water, praying for a miracle. He did know that God had promised to deliver them from the oppression of the Egyptians. And He knew the exultation that they were delivered from their oppressors.
Recently Gov. Cuomo explained declining COVID-19 cases in New York this way: “The number is down because we brought the number down. God did not do that. Faith did not do that. Destiny did not do that. A lot of pain and suffering did that”
Yes, when human beings go through trying times there is a lot of pain and suffering. Yes, God calls us to be faithful servants in the midst of all circumstances walking by faith even when we feel dread. I can appreciate this governor is giving credit for all the sacrifices that have been made to make a difference.
But as people of faith we also know we cooperate with God in his saving and redeeming work in this world. Often when we are in the midst of desperation we are finally ready to call upon God to aid us.
We will move through this health crisis and in time mitigate the devastating effects COVID-19 has on vulnerable individuals. We will develop procedures, remedies and perhaps even vaccines to battle this wretched virus.
But that is not say where God’s influence is being felt. We cannot say where God’s inspiration may be occurring to give doctors, researchers and others leaders discernment, inspiration and wisdom. We cannot take away the courage and strength that doctors, nurses, first responders and other care givers receive through their reliance upon the LORD.
So we can join Moses and Mirian in singing to the LORD:
“In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.” (Ex 15:13)
Often ordinary miracles are the most extraordinary.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7