muddy banks

"I will sing unto God who is highly exalted…..for God is my strength and my song"
Exodus 15:1-2

The Bible tells us that Moses had an older sister named Miriam.  She was young, probably less than a
teenager, when her mother tucked Miram's baby brother baby Moses in a basket, wrapped him in a blanket,
and closed the cover.  With a gentle push, she let the basket drift down the calm waters of the Nile River.  
Her hope was that someone would find the newborn and adopt him, lest he be slaughtered along with all
the other baby Hebrew boys.  

Young Miriam followed the basket from the shore, and sure enough, a long way down the river and some
time later, perhaps days, the daughter of Pharaoh went with her maidens to the river to bathe, and
discovered the basket caught among reeds.   Miriam, who was waiting nearby, was able to convince this
young woman of royalty to allow the baby to be spared.  The princess claimed the baby as her own, but gave
the baby to Miriam to be weaned and raised.  It wasn't until the baby was a full grown child that he was again
presented to Pharaoh's daughter, and it was at that time that she named him Moses.  
The name translated to "I drew him out of the water".  

The point is that Miriam had her head screwed on right, even at her young age.  Doubtlessly she was forced
by circumstances to grow up fast and take on adult responsibilities, even though barely a young woman
herself.  Times were brutal for God's people who were in bondage.  Her mother's taking a step of faith by
floating the basket down the river was the only hope.  Even if it was no more than chancing the odds
rather than faith, it still was the only hope.

Miriam was musical by nature, for God had given her a beautiful singing voice.  Chapter 15 of Exodus is a
hymn.  It's the joyful song of deliverance recorded from a once enslaved people.  In time the hymn
progressed, being added to, subtracted from, and changing bit by bit until it was complete.  Miriam led the
Hebrew people in this song on the muddy banks of the Red Sea after God miraculously parted it and saved
the people from Pharaoh's bondage.  The song captured the history of God's deliverance
(be sure to read it).

These people had no sacred Scriptures to reference as we do today.  All that the people understood about
their Creator at that juncture had either been information which had trickled down from their ancestors such
as Abraham, or from their life experiences under Egyptian slavery.  This hymn had been pieced together
from their own experiences.  

And what experiences they were.  Deliverance from horrific plagues and the parting of the Red Sea weren't
exactly beginner sports.  God brought them through unprecedented oppression with undeniable miracles.  
Miriam bravely and proudly stood there, high on the newly emerged slippery banks of the Red Sea, wind
subsiding but still blowing strong, leading hundreds upon hundreds of delivered people in the hymn
of victory, giving all credit and praise to almighty God.         

Wow.  Let us rejoice in our God who delivers us from our oppressors, who displays glory and power over
all the earth.  Whether blind faith or not, God honors those who go for it.