Where is God When I Need Him the Most?

Where is God When I Need Him the Most?

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The Israelites were trembling at the edge of the Red Sea with their enemies fast approaching from behind.  The massive sea before them offered no hope of escape.  They were stuck in an impossible situation and needed a miracle!  Recently I discovered a hidden treasure in the Bible regarding this event (Exodus 14) that filled me with hope for an issue in my own life.

I had been feeling stuck in an impossible situation that just seemed to drag on and on.  At times I could see glimpses of God’s Hand but during this particular stretch of time, I couldn’t find evidence of Him working anywhere.  One day, I was reading Psalm 77, which looked encouraging.  “…You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.”  I began to feel a little stronger.

I read on.  Verse 19…

“Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.”

Wait a minute…the words jumped off the page!  I started my conversation with God, “Your people were at the edge of the Red Sea with the massive water on one side and their enemies heading straight toward them on the other side.  You opened the sea, creating a miraculous path right through the impossibility. You led them though your footprints were invisible.

I pondered this for a while.  No one could see God.  There were no tracks, markers, maps or signposts. The Israelites were trapped at the edge of the sea with no way of escape.  Not only could they hear the clamoring of the chariots, but also the roaring of the wind over the water. Where was God?  Why didn’t He help them?

The Bible says the wind continued blowing through the night.  Then, the people could see an opening, a path, straight through the middle of the sea.  Amazingly, while they were trembling with fear in the dark, God had been busy restraining their enemies and paving the way through the impossibility.

The Israelites had no choice but to push forward and trust that God would hold up the gigantic walls of water until thousands passed through.  The worst leg of their journey, traveling through the parted sea with water piled up high on both sides, was done in the darkness with no footprints of God Almighty.  Yet they miraculously arrived exactly where God wanted them to be, safely across the Red Sea.  With the Egyptians in stubborn pursuit, the Israelites watched in shock as the massive walls of water fell over their enemies, destroying them forever.

I continued my conversation with God, “Does that mean that we do not need to see Your footprints?  You will get me where I need to be even though I can’t find you?”  I sat back in my chair, in awe that God would so powerfully make it clear to me that I don’t need to see every move He makes and every step He takes.  Even in the midst of the loneliest, darkest moment of my problem or the worst leg of my journey, God will miraculously make a way and lead me through it.

So…… God’s amazing handiwork and greatest miracle during the Israelite’s trek to the Promised Land in the Old Testament was done without footprints!

Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people's faith by sharing the truth of God's Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret - Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.


  1. Isn’t it something how suddenly a passage will stand out to us like that? I love when that happens. And I like your reaction to it. It’s a good reminder that we too often ask God to show himself instead of just trusting that he is there and at work.

  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    Yes, I really needed that message. God is working, whether I see Him or not. The passage in Psalms really increased my faith!

  3. Love this post! I love it when we read something and we dig just a bit deeper and get greater meaning from it. And it happens each time we read. God’s Word is alive and reaches us no matter where we are.

  4. Laurie Driesen says:

    I do too, Sally! When God takes me deeper into the meaning of a passage, I just feel that He is such a personal God!

  5. Boy, you said it, Sally! God’s Word is alive and works within us in different ways each time we take in his message.

  6. Absolutely needed to hear this today, Laurie: Even in the midst of the loneliest, darkest moment of my problem or the worst leg of my journey, God will miraculously make a way and lead me through it. Thank you!

  7. Laurie Driesen says:

    I’m so glad that God uses His Word to encourage us and sustain us in the darkest part of our problem. Writing this helped me to recognize and cling to that truth!

  8. Great thoughts. We do think we can’t find God’s moving at all, but He always is. Praise God. Love the post.

  9. Laurie Driesen says:

    I think God wanted me to write it so that I would never forget it! When I think He’s not doing anything, He could be doing the biggest thing that I need. He is a wonderful God!

  10. Wow. That was an awesome post. I think the ladies above have already said everything. 🙂

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