“GOD said to Moses, ‘Now you’ll see what I’ll do to Pharaoh: With a strong hand he’ll send them out free; with a strong hand he’ll drive them out of his land.’” Exodus 6:1″
God used his strong hand to get Pharaoh to release the Israelites from captivity. It took ten separate plagues, the tenth being the death of first-born children and animals, which devastated the country and the people. Finally, hard-hearted Pharaoh said, “Get out of here and be done with you…” Exodus 12:31,32
For years Glen and I planned our retirement location and developed house plans to build on an acre lot near Dixon, Illinois, loaded with oak trees. The community had a small lakegr for fishing, canoeing, and boating, and a golf course could be seen between the tree branches from our familyroom window. We moved in thinking, “This is where we’ll live until we leave foot first.”
The first summer year we battled field mice. They snuck through a crack by the patio door in the basement and made nests in dresser drawers and hid acorns in the frame of a couch. The second year moles drilled tunnels under our newly laid sod in the front yard, making it look like a maze. The third year we had millions of millipedes—nasty bugs that roll up once they enter the house, die, and stink. The fourth year we moved. I often wondered if God had sent these plagues.
Thank you, Lord, for opening our eyes to what we really need in life. Amen.