Parting the Sea: finding help when you need it

“The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.” (Exodus 14:19)

As I read this text right now, I wish the LORD had left it at that. I wish that putting a pillar of cloud between the Egyptians and Israelites was enough, so that the violence and loss of life were not necessary. As I read this text, it hear it telling a story that keeps happening in the world—one where conflict and death are an inevitable part of how we interact with each other. Continue reading