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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)

TITLE: Mariam's Song
By sue moreland


I am getting up in years now and I know I will probably not make it to the land God promised but I am so thankful to God for what he has shown me.

I remember when I was a girl and my mother feared for the life of my baby brother, Moses, because Pharaoh ordered all the male babies be killed. She put my brother in a papyrus basket that she coated with tar and pitch and placed it into the Nile. I watched his little basket float slowly down the river. I was afraid , but my mother said God would protect him. “Just watch and see what the Lord will do”, she said with confidence.

It wasn’t long before Pharaoh’s daughter spotted the basket and had her slave girl bring it to her. When she saw my brother crying she took pity, knowing he was a Hebrew baby. I ran to her. “Would you like for me to bring one of the Hebrew woman to nurse him for you?” When she said yes I ran to my mother. She nursed and cared for him until he was old enough to leave her.
That is how my brother came to live with the Pharaoh and live among the Egyptians. And how he came to be used by God to bring the Israelites back to him.

There are those among us who have forgotten how we got to this wilderness we are walking through and even where it is we are going. God has promised to take us to a new land. A land that is to be ours not the Pharaoh’s. It is to be a land full of milk and honey, but today so many are complaining . They want something more. They have forgotten the miracle of God’s provision for us. It is new and fresh every morning.

I remember the beginning of our journey when God told Moses he wanted the Egyptians and the Israelites to see the hand of God in all that was to happen.

Pharaoh saw us looking lost and confused along the edge of the Red Sea so he rounded up six hundred of his best chariots and put officers in all of them. It was his plan to capture us and return us to Egypt so we could continue being slaves.

When the Israelites saw Pharaoh and all his men and chariots they became terrified. They questioned Moses. They thought they were going to be killed or at least captured by Pharaoh and be taken back to the life of slavery they left.

Moses stood among them and shouted, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the deliverance of the Lord today. The Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still.

Then the Lord told Moses to raise his staff and stretch his hand over the sea to divide the water so that we could walk to the other side on dry ground. When Moses did as the Lord directed the water parted and we went through the sea with a wall of water on both sides of us. As we all passed through to the other side we saw the Egyptians following us and watched as the wheels fell off their chariots and they became confused by the a pillar of fire and cloud sent by the Lord.

“Stretch out your hand over the sea so the waters will flow back over the Egyptians”, the Lord said to Moses. And just as he did the water went back into place and covered them all. None of them survived.

I wrote a song about it and all of us sang it together as a praise to the Lord. It was one of the most surprising things I have ever experienced and I shall never forget it. But, the Israelites seem to have forgotten. It is as if God needs to give them something overwhelming everyday before they can see his hand in things. They can’t see that everyday he gives them everything they need and because of his great love he has protected them and all he wants from them is their love and praise.

“I will sing unto the Lord, for he is highly exalted.
The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.

The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God and I will praise him,
my father’s God and I will exalt him.

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Jan Ackerson 09/16/07
I don't often read stories from Miriam's POV, so this was a fun change of pace.

When re-telling Bible stories--especially ones as familiar as this one--it's a good idea to add new details, to make it fresh and exciting for your readers. That'll crank it up a notch for your already excellent writing.