The Miracle found in the reach

Exodus 14:20-22

21And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

The Word of God is full of examples of what happened when people of faith and spirit were stretching themselves forward. 

 This text above was the last words that I read before going to sleep one night.

On the following morning, I pondered over this scripture. 

 I pictured the iconic figure of the Great Moses, the Deliverer, as he stretched his hand over the Red Sea. 

We find a most extraordinary miracle in this act of stretching out his hand. 

The Red Sea parted.

Then a wind blew all night in this crease in the sea. In this same area that had been the seafloor, no doubt wet and muddy became a dry and hardened walkway.   

Isreal would walk across this dry land toward the next stop in this miraculous journey of purpose. 

Stretching forward can be the most uncomfortable position. 

It can challenge the mind and often is done by a body already tired. However, there is a compelling motivation that energizes this uncomfortable action. The divine spark of purpose propels human souls to walk with angels. 

The Value of the Outstretched Hand. 

I can provide other examples. Abraham stretched his hand out, and this act precipitated God to swear a blessing on him. 

Israel stretched his hand over the younger Ephraim. 

The lame man stretched forth his crippled hand and found a miracle in it. 

Finally, Paul stretched his hand out to King Agrippa. 

Let me encourage you on this day, don’t hide your hand in your pockets, nor fold them on the table, but stretch forward into the direction of the Lord’s leading. 

 Don’t wait for the Red Sea to part. Stretch forth your hand. 

Don’t accept the status quo of accepted protocol; stretch forth your hand. 

Don’t wait for your hand to feel better; stretch forth your hand. 

Don’t shrink from speaking to those of higher status or position; stretch forth your hand. 

The Miracle is found in the reach… 

In Him, By Him, Through Him, 

Scott A. Phillips