Some people believe that God telling Moses to raise his staff caused the mighty sea to split. Scientists believe that there was a great tide that simply brought the level of the water down so much that the Israelites could easily wade through it. Whichever you believe to be true, and perhaps it was a combination of both of these understandings, the timing was just right. And even more than that, the Israelites were ready for a miracle. They wanted to see the sea part, because they desperately desired to get to the other side, to escape their imprisonment and begin the next stage of their lives.
Many people today ask me why there aren’t miracles now as there were during biblical times. I actually believe there are miracles every day, but we aren’t always ready, or willing, to see or experience them. We may not be satisfied that miracles don’t always occur at our every beck and call. Last week’s mega lottery certainly proved that. But so many miracles do happen, and we just need to be ready to acknowledge these acts, these miraculous events, as something of wonder, something that we might marvel at, something that is a phenomenon and yet has a sense of mystery.
If the predictions are right, the entire East Coast is about to be hit by a huge blizzard. There will be many stories of miracles in the way people help one another in the aftermath of the blizzard, in the way neighbors and strangers come together to help those in need, after one of nature’s great gifts. Let us look for the miracles; let us be ready to see them; let us take a moment to welcome them into our lives, and understand that if we are open to the possibilities, they may appear before our very eyes, like a sea parting.