Now the time that the sons of Israel lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And it came about at the end of four hundred and thirty years, to the very day, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night to be observed for the Lord for having brought them out from the land of Egypt; this night is for the Lord, to be observed by all the sons of Israel throughout their generations.
Don Miguel de Cervantes was arrested by the Spanish Inquisition for his public playwright. It mocked the oppressive authorities while calling the commoner to stand up and interpret the bible for himself. Awaiting his trial, Cervantes was facing another challenge: he had been thrown into prison with the whole lot of thieves and murderers who began to see him, along with his belongings, in the same light that a cat eyes a trapped mouse—fresh meat! While doing all he could to persuade the prisoners that their reality of stone walls need not depress and crush their human spirit, Cervantes’ time for trial before the Inquisition had come. As they called him forth out of the prison, a faint attempt of encouragement was uttered from a fellow prisoner. At this moment, Cervantes is awakened to a momentum in his own soul; with fiery eyes he says, “I have no intention of dying!” The “Don” moved forward!
Perhaps we find ourselves on the edge of some stifling force in our lives that overlooks a great plain of unknown encounters ahead… a suffocating marriage which for months has been trampling right over the ability to manage the day contentedly, and now word comes that he or she is finished? …a distasteful employee who hounds perpetually and of whom there is no escape—the job is needed, yet nothing can be done to stop the private discolored discussions, the demeaning glares, the quick-witted jabs that carry underlying meaning—and now the position you occupy is suspended? What lies ahead? Should I walk forward into the unknown, and if so, with what emotion do I take those first steps? While each individual finds themselves in a different situation warranting a range of heartfelt sorrows or joys, the truth is, The Hebrew moved forward! …and so should you in search of God’s overwhelming promises that He has a future for you and cherishes you deeply. He will bring deliverance to you and to me just as He did for His people long ago.