You probably know that every year since 1987 there has been on the North Carolina coast an annual “beach sweep.” This is an event, frequently in September or October, when volunteers comb the North Carolina beaches and remove all sorts of trash and debris. Each year, there are strange reports of what people find on the beaches. In addition to the usual and expected items (bottles, cans, paper, etc.) volunteers report finding tires, medical supplies, glasses, phones, jewelry. The list goes on.
It’s a bit more than looking for sea shells. To date, however, I have yet to read of anyone finding “the salvation of the Lord” on the beach during beach sweep. Israel did but in a most gruesome form. And what looked like salvation to Israel was disaster to the Egyptians. I suppose what you see and find on the beach may depend entirely upon where you’re standing and what you’re looking for.
We’ll explore that theme a bit this Sunday as we continue our vacation (Mountains/Coast) sermon series. We’ll read this uncomfortable story of the “morning after” the crossing of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21-31) and what the Israelites found on the beach. We’ll talk about what salvation and freedom looks like, and try to locate ourselves in the story.
Hope to see you Sunday – this week at “the beach.” Sun screen is optional.
Grace and peace.