Red Sea Moment

Have you heard the phrase “Red Sea Moment?” The term is based on the story of the Israelites coming upon the Red Sea and finding their enemy in hot pursuit behind them. As they had mountains on either side, the sea in front of them and their pursuers behind them, it looked hopeless. But God decided to miraculously part the sea for them, and after they crossed to the other side, to let the sea go back to normal as their enemy chased them. The Red Sea then protected the Israelites from any attack.

Lately “Red Sea Moment” has been used by some Christians in reference to the difficult times we are now facing. The times have become more challenging. Some feel that the enemy of our soul may be pursuing, since some have labeled Christians as terrorists. Christians have surely suffered persecution in other parts of the world, and yet, however difficult our life in this country seems, we have not experienced the trials others have faced. There have been no arrests for praying, for attending Church, or for our beliefs.

Do “Red Sea Moments” exist? Are you or others you know feeling hemmed in by problems you can’t seem to resolve? Does it seem as if an invisible enemy may be pursuing you? Do you feel as if you have nowhere to turn to find the answer you need?

Consider this story of a woman trapped in her apartment building with her two small children, when it caught fire. The story is related by a man who was visiting a friend in the same building. After hearing screams, he raced outside to see a woman holding her son on the balcony of her third floor apartment. She was frantic as she looked for a way to save him. Some were calling for her to drop her son. She did, but only the man visiting his friend dove in to rescue him. He was a retired Marine and had been a star receiver on his high school and college football teams.

The mother ran back into the apartment in order to get her daughter, but didn’t return. Another man, hearing screams from the other child, ran into the smoke-filled building, found the girl and brought her out to safety. The situation looked hopeless for these two children, a Red Sea Moment, but God was there and He offered a rescue in the form of these two brave men.[1]

In another story, some of Mark Twain’s friends wanted to send him birthday greetings; however Mr. Twain, who was a frequent world traveler, had left on a trip, and they had no idea where he was headed. This surely is not the crisis we saw in the previous story, but to them, finding Mark Twain seemed hopeless. What they chose to do was this – they sent a letter with their good wishes and addressed it to: “Mark Twain, God Knows Where.” Later they received Mark Twain’s reply: “He did.”[2]

Does God know when you are having a Red Sea Moment – stuck in a situation with no possible solution – hopeless? Does He know where you are? Is any problem too small or too big for the One who loves you more than you can imagine?

I pray you do as Moses did and call out to God in full assurance of His help. In all your small problems and all your big ones, in the ones you face today and in all your tomorrows as well.

“But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.” Exodus 14:13-14.


[1] “The Daily Article” by Dr. Jim Denison. 07/13/20.

[2] “The Little Brown Book of Anecdotes” Clifton Fadiman, editor. pgs. 555-556.

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