Dry Ground

Part of my preparation for Ride 4 Refugees is to humbly ask the Lord to direct me to a helpful portion of Scripture for each year on which to focus. This year our event was designated as Border 2 Border as we bicycled 2,003 miles from the Border of Mexico located in Brownsville, Texas to the Border of Canada at the International Peace Garden Border Crossing.

The verses for this year initially caught me a bit off guard, but soon made perfect sense. They are from Exodus 14:21-22, 21 “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.”

As I pondered these verses I became more and more thankful for God’s direction. Not only would we be riding through the middle of the United States but doing so in the middle of June when the weather can be unpredictable and traffic is always an issue. I soon found myself praying for God to graciously grant us dry ground, to make a way with the weather, traffic, road conditions, and health. Thankfully, this is exactly what He did as we only had one brief delay due to lightening, no crashes, no flats, no mechanical issues, and all stayed healthy. Indeed, dry ground was given for us to go through the middle of this great country in order to lift up Jesus and help refugees. Also, thank you for all of your prayers. They were greatly appreciated and always needed.

As I further pondered these verses, it also became clear to me how God has provided for all of us a path of dry ground on which to escape and to be saved from the raging waters and evil enemies of this world. A path of escape to the Promised Land. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus alone has made our salvation possible by not only proving a way of escape by way of the Cross, but also by being the only Way, Himself.

On what or whom do you trust to get you through this life and safely into eternity? Do you too often find yourself bogged down in the mud of sin with enemies pressing in hard, ready to overtake you? Only Jesus can take us to the Promised Land, home with the Father, for now and evermore. But, we must trust Him and in faith, take the dry ground He alone has given. Trust Jesus!


PS – By the way… you can still give to Ride 4 Refugees. :)