At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.
31 During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested. 32 Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.”
Three days ago I lost my reading glasses for the 1,542nd time. I spend a good portion of time asking my family to help me find the glasses that I know I put somewhere but have no clue as to where “somewhere” is located. On this most recent search I retraced the steps I had taken that day, looked in every nook and cranny that I could think to look and still came up empty handed. Once my husband was home from work, I asked him to hunt for those slippery glasses too. He also was unsuccessful. So that night I drove over to Walgreens and purchased yet another pair of reading glasses (once you reach the age of 40+ you will appreciate my tale more.) Two days pass. I go about my day and there in plain sight hang my reading glasses right where I had put them three days ago (can you find them in the picture above?) For two days I was blind to see those glasses. On the third day my eyes were “healed” and I could see those glasses that were in plain view all along.
Lost glasses and Pharaoh’s inability to see and know the One True God may be a stretch, but maybe not. My glasses were hanging on the side of that basket all along I just could not see them. God was there with Pharaoh and the Israelites all along; Pharaoh just could not see Him. We read Exodus and the miraculous that God demonstrated in order for Israel to be set free and we think, “Gheez, what is this guy’s problem? Isn’t it plain as the nose on his face that he is messing with God Almighty? Just let God’s people go already!” And yet I could not find my own glasses that I had set down in my own house. There are times in life when we see but we don’t see.
We read at the tail end of verse 31 that Pharaoh’s vision was beginning to clear. How do I know that? “And also bless me.”
God uses the journey of this world to bring into view what He knows to be important. Don’t fight your journey; trust Him with your journey. Soon you will see what has been right before your eyes all along the way.