In my quite time today, as I was reading through Exodus 15, I didn't really come up with a lot of new thoughts, but rather the whole passage seemed somewhat new to me. Yes, I knew that the waters came down and killed all of Pharaoh's army, but I don't remember anyone ever telling me the Isrealites sang a song about it right after it happened. To me that is interesting.
As many of you know, I am a lover of music and it has been a major part of my life for the last 10 years. What I find interesting about the fact that they sang was that they did. I don't know about you, but I just don't see many of us thinking about singing at a time like that. I havn't quite figured out what to make of it. I am hoping in the coming days God can reveal to me how important that part really is. It was obviously important enough to put in, even though we had just read about it prior to the song.
Again, going back to Donald Miller and his thoughts, he mentioned how much he liked to read Moses' writings. He described how Moses would write how something would happen then turn around and put basically the same thing into poetry/song because sometimes words just arn't enough to describe/tell a story. How can I apply that to my life? Is that why I am so attached to music...because it puts feeling and words to things that I just can't explain any other way?
The later part of the passage is quite interesting as well. It one sense it is somewhat comforting. From verse 22 on it talkes about how they continued on their journey but it wasn't long before they started to grumble. Moses prayed and God showed him a tree to push into water and make them good to drink.
In Verse 25 it says...There He made for them a statute and a regulation, and there He tested them. It makes me wonder, how many times God does that to us. He puts something in front of us and then when we ask for His help, He shows us a way to solve the problem and we have a choice to make. I mean, yes they did just see God part the sea, but how on earth is a tree going into water going to make it better to drink.
I think that is somewhat the point. That sometimes in life we are going to see God work and it will be amazing. Sometimes we are going to go and not really see Him work a whole lot. Sure, He is there, but maybe He is not making Himself really visable. Then sometimes, He is going to ask us to take a leap of faith and do something, that might seem stupid to us, just to see if we still trust Him....if we still believe all things are possible in Him....if we really love Him enough to do whatever He asks.
That's a hard place to be. I would love to say that I would do whatever He asks whenever He asks, but honestly, I wonder how many times I fail. I know that there have been times when I have been asked to do something and I chose not to because it didn't seem like a "logical" thing to do. I guess it kinda goes hand in hand with yesterdays post huh? Not everything God asks us to do with be logical. God is not logical to us. We can't possibly put God into that box. God has to be bigger than what our "logic" is.
Anyway...today's blog might be somewhat of a mess, but it helps me. It helps me realize that music is important. It helps me realize that I am not the only one that begins to grumble even when I have just seen God. It helps me realize that even though I mess up...God can still use me.