Saturday, February 23, 2013

Prayers Squared: Crossing The Red Sea

2 colors worsted weight yarn, CA and CB
Hook: H/8 5.00 mm
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Special stitches:
Cross stitch (Xdc): (worked over 2 st) sk 1 st, dc in next st, working in front of dc just made, dc in sk st 
Half treble (htr): yo twice, insert hook in st indicated, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through two loops, yo, pull through remaining 3 loops

Form a magic loop (or ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring)
Rnd 1: With CA, ch3, 15 dcs in loop, sl st to top of ch-3. (16 dc)

Rnd 2: ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dcs in each st around, sl st to top of ch-3. (32 dc)

Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in same st, *sc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st, hdc in next 2 st**, sc in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * three times ending at ** on last repeat, sc in next st, sl st to first sc. (16 dc, 4 ch2 sp, 16 hdc, 12 sc)

Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 5 sts, *3 sc in ch2 sp, sc in each st across* repeat from * to * three times, sl st to first sc, fasten off CA. (56 sc)

Rnd 5: attach CB with a sl st in any corner sc, ch 3 (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, *3 Xdc over the next 6 sts, ch 1, sk next st, 3 Xdc over the next 6 sts**, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner sc*, repeat from * to * three times ending at ** on last repeat, sl st to top of ch-3. fasten off CB. (24 Xdc, 16 dc, 4 ch2 sp, 4 ch1 sp)

Rnd 6: attach CA to any corner ch-2 with a sc, 2 sc in same sp, *sc in next 8 st, htr in front of ch-1 sp into unworked st from rnd 4, sc in next 8 sts**, 3 sc in ch-2 sp*, repeat from * to * three times ending at ** on last repeat, sl st to first sc. (76 sc, 4 htr)

Rnd 7: ch 1, sc in same st and each st around, working 3 sc in each middle sc of the corner 3 sc. Sl st to first sc, fasted off, weave in ends. (88 sc)

Moses: A biblical character that all children who attend church learn about. 

We learn about his mother, who hid him for until she could hide him no longer and then made a waterproof basket for him to float down the Nile in. 

We learn about how Pharaoh's daughter found the baby in the basket and took him as her own. 

We learn how he was a Prince of Egypt, but fled to Midian when he murdered a man. 

We also learn how he returned to Egypt to free the Israelites from slavery. 

We learn about the 10 plagues of Egypt.

We learn about the Passover.

But there's one thing that we don't really see with Moses and leading his people out of Egypt, and about us as followers of Christ.

You see, when the Israelites left Egypt, they were leaving an old life of slavery and oppression behind to start a new life of freedom in the land that Abraham was given. When they crosses the Red Sea, the past life was behind them and their future, bright as the morning sun, was before them. A picture of what salvation is to us: leaving the old life behind with the promise of a future better than anything we can dream of. When we accept Christ as our savior, we are like the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. We are leaving our old life behind and entering a new one, as a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

It would be perfect if the story would stop here, but it did not. The Israelites had only been following Moses to the Promised Land a short while when they decided to make a golden calf as an idol and worship that as the god that delivered them from Egypt (Exodus 32:1-6). Oh how we do that too. We follow God, worship Him. But after a time, other things take the place of God. Our work, our hobbies, even our family can take the place of God in our lives. Just remember though, when we all "crossed the Red Sea" how we gave God prominence in our lives, and that we can always make Him prominent in our lives once again.

Just as when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, their journey was just beginning, ours also just begins at salvation. We will turn away. We will get off track just like they did, but we can also get back on track and continue on our journey.