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STAY OR GO?

Dale Fredrickson

You are standing on the banks of the sea.
The dusty wind whirls;
the salty sea smacks muddy banks.
The horizon shimmers with hope for the free,
the promises of land, life, and liberty.
You hear the Pharaoh’s chariots:
pompous power crushing lives,
leather whips lashing horses’ hides,
soldiers breathing slavery’s threats,
horses’ hooves closing the gap.

Your choice is not easy:
risky freedom or safe slavery.
Do you step forward?
Or do you turn back?

You are standing on the banks of the sea,
knees shaking, feet sinking, fears gripping.
You are scared of everything:
how the kids are going to grow,
if the cash will start to flow,
what the future might hold,
standing strong when it’s hard to be bold,
looking beautiful inside and out,
being abandoned, alone, left out,
moving on when love is lost,
finding meaning when dreams are squashed.

Your choice is not easy:
risky freedom or safe slavery.
Do you step forward?
Or do you turn back?

Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.
Deuteronomy 30:19b (NRSV)

You are not alone today.
The King of kings leads the way.
Old rule wanes. Jesus reigns,
breaking your chains.
You are standing on the banks of the sea:
What do you want to be—slave or free?

 

PUT YOURSELF IN THE STORY: Read Exodus 14:1–18. At what times in your life have you felt as if you were standing on the bank of the Red Sea?

—from devozine (March/April 2016). Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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