The Icks

Exodus 14:22And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. (KJV)

I laughed aloud loud when I saw the cartoon picturing the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. They were in the center of a major miracle, crossing the seabed on dry ground as banks of water towered over their heads. One person looked down and cried, “Ick! A fish!”  

It made me think of the lovely party I had attended the day before. Unfortunately I was seated beside an “Ick.” The food was too spicy,  her children never visited, and so on…..and so on…….and so on….!

It only takes one doesn’t it? One negative crank whose negative comments spoil a party. One undisciplined child who will have what it wants or else. One seeker of all that is negative quickly poisons the attitude of a crowd. Only a few months after the Red Sea crossing Moses found himself leading an entire crowd of “Icks,” each and every one polluted with the spirit of complaining.

Exodus 16:2In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron (NIV).

Any “Icks” where we live? God forbid that any of them would be us!

Prayer: Oh Lord, You are a God of majesty and power. Help us catch your vision instead of looking for herring and catfish along our path. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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