God who walks with the people

27 Sep 2020 by Neil Menger in: Looking Out

A couple of weeks ago our lectionary readings included the well-known story of the parting of the Red Sea enabling Moses and the Hebrew people to escape the thundering hoofs of Pharaoh’s armies. Fear enveloped the people as they realised they were trapped by the water in front of them and the pursuing armies behind them. Grief and hopelessness prevailed. Grief because they had left the relative security of Egypt and hopelessness because they realised there was no turning back.

There have been many suggestions as to the meaning of this story. But at its heart, it is a story of grace and God is in the midst of it all. It is God who walks with the people and holds them in this time of uncertainty and perceived hopelessness.

As many of you know, I have been diagnosed with an aggressive prostate cancer which led to significant surgery about four weeks ago. At this point in time, I can identify with the Hebrews being caught in an apparently hopeless situation. For me, the surgery is on one side; on the other, the period of waiting for the results of an important blood test (in four weeks time).

This journey is teaching me patience and a need to rely on God’s presence in my life and to recognise that His grace brings hope and strength in the midst of the struggle. When meeting with some of the mainly music families and the team members at Lake Parramatta Reserve on Friday, I was reminded of the prayers being offered on my behalf. Those prayers, together with many others, have given me a sense of peace in which God’s presence provides sustenance for the uncertainty the future holds.

Thank you for your prayers.