With the multitudes departing, the Exodus began. The Egyptians even gave the Israelites gold to take with them as they made their exit! As God guided him by a cloud and by fire, Moses led the people. The Israelites passed through the parted Red Sea, the Egyptians who pursued them were destroyed, and the liberated sang songs of praise to God. God provided water, manna, and quail and the Israelites journeyed on.
Moses had a wonderful family reunion when his wife, their two sons and Jethro, his father-in-law, met up with him in the desert. I love these little personal glimpses into the big Story, for they are like a small puzzle piece put into place and the whole picture is made more complete. Jethro was thrilled to hear that the Israelites were delivered from the oppression in Egypt and how it was all due to God’s strength and goodness to bless His people. Jethro told Moses, “Blessed be the Lord, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh and has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.”
While we lived outside of the US, our family experienced a lighter version of this kind of a reunion during our annual group meetings. Christian workers would gather together representing extended families and tribes, and celebrate the Father’s blessings from the past year. Fellow missionaries became uncles and aunts to our children, their own children were like cousins to ours, and to this day our family is blessed with those deep relationships forged from rejoicing in God’s redemption. Reflecting upon and sharing God’s blessings with others leads us to thank and bless God. A thankful life is a blessed life, and the goodness course continues.