“I’ll intervene and hit Egypt where it hurts–oh, my miracles will send them reeling!” Exodus 3:19
God is helping Moses get the Istraelites out of Egypt. God knew the king would not let them go, unless convinced. If you read further into Exodus (or watch the Charles Heston version of The Ten Commandments again), you’ll see how God carried out his promise by using plagues that resulted in serious blows to the kingdom.
For years I thought I wanted to live in the woods–preferably by a lake. We did build a lovely home in a recreational neighborhood by Dixon, Illinois. Here I experienced peace, open space, lovely trees, deer and wild turkey running through our yard, and plagues. I believe God sent plagues to move me from the woods to the desert.
The first plague was poison ivy. I’ve had it enough to know I never want it again. The second one was field mice, who found their way into our house and got into drawers, furniture, and left little presents around the house. Then, the third and final plague–millipedes. For months, millipedes invaded my basement and covered the entire outdoor concrete patio every morning! They curl up and die–and stink up the house.
I know it wasn’t the critters, bugs, and ivy that moved me out of my home. It does make me wonder what mental plagues I have created plagues to keep me from moving forward in what God has planned for me.
Lord, please remove the plagues that keep me from moving onward in my spiritual journey. Amen.