v 29 But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, as the water stood up like a wall on both sides.
Have you got the right picture of this happening? The Red Sea was crossed at night, in darkness; v 24 we find dawn just breaking as the crossing was completed and the Egyptians began their pursuit across the seabed in earnest. V 27 highlights the outcome of this night escape: ‘So as the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the water rushed back into its usual place. The Egyptians tried to escape, but the Lord swept them into the sea. ‘
Without pushing the picture too far, I know that many battles are fought and won at night as God has guided. Have you ever been unable to sleep because of the problems the next day might bring? Then as you have wrestled with what you might do or say in difficult circumstances, God has made the right way apparent and His pillar of light has shown you the way.
Following God closely has two sides; certainly a willingness to obey, but then also an assurance that He will lead you. Following is not just a matter of extreme route-finding, but more a matter of hanging in with the One who is leading.
It is my guess that the Israelites might have said to themselves ‘Couldn’t this wait until morning when we can see the way properly?’ But following God is a present imperative – NOW is MY time, says God. Is God saying anything like that to you today? Is there a decision to be made, an action to be taken? If so, trust the One who is leading you and don’t delay.