DAY 200 OF 365 IN 2021
TIME FOR REFLECTION
Exodus 14:5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!
We read about the story of Israel preceeding their exit from Egypt. While it becomes clear that the precipitating factor for the question raised in the anchor verse today was regret on the part of Pharaoh and his people, there is an extrapolation into our everyday life. We see a question that could become the very first one when we want to take a step back and do some reflection.. the question is ‘what have we done?’
This was the same question the Egyptians asked when they realised they were letting go of their prized assets- ‘what have we done?’. From the moment that answer went forth, there was a prompt response to remedy the situation.
We see a similar response in the story of the prodigal son: “Luke 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!”
That was him asking “what have I done?’
Every now and then, the question’ what have I done’, a very probing and introspective one, ought to pop up in our minds. However, the reason it does should not be just because we carry regrets, but from a place of reflection and consideration for change.
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