The Red Sea Place
by Debbonnaire Kovacs
Submitted Sept. 10, 2014
Once upon a time, (seems like a million years ago), I sat on my bed on a June morning, dreading the day as I rarely had dreaded any day. Later that morning, I would go before a judge and agree to have my marriage dissolved.
I didn’t want it. I had fought it with all that was within me. I had lost.
I pulled out my devotional book, Springs in the Desert, and opened to the day’s date. This is what I found:
Where in spite of all you can do,
There is no way out, there is no way back,
There is no other way but through?
Then wait on the Lord with a trust serene
Till the night of your fear is gone;
He will send the wind, He will heap the floods,
When He says to your soul “Go on.”
And His hand will lead you through – clear through –
Ere the watery walls roll down,
No foe can reach you, no wave can touch,
No mightiest sea can drown;
The tossing billows may rear their crests,
Their foam at your feet may break,
But over their bed you shall walk dryshod
In the path that your Lord will make.
In the morning watch, ‘neath the lifted cloud,
You shall see but the Lord alone,
When He leads you on from the place of the sea,
To a land that you have not known;
And your fears shall pass as your foes have passed,
You shall no more be afraid;
You shall sing His praise in a better place,
A place that His hand has made.
Annie Johnson Flint
I couldn’t believe my eyes. They were so full of tears I wasn’t sure…but when I wiped them, there the words still stood on the page, as if God had just then sat down and written them for me.
I pulled my autoharp to me and came up with a tune on the spot. When I later shared it with my dear friend, Patricia White, she added a short chorus:
I will bring you, bring you out on the other side free.
She later recorded the song on one of her albums, and it went on to bless others. (One of these days, I’ll put it on YouTube, or something, so you can hear it, though it would be better to hear Pat sing it!)
In the meantime, I did get through that day. Because, God is always able to make a way, no matter what impossible sea you have to cross.