Miriam ran up to Moses and grabbed his arm. They stood with all the other Israelites and stared at the Red Sea. The waves crashed against the shore.
No one spoke.
Their eyebrows jumped high and their jaws dropped low. Only the birds and the sea made a sound for one long moment.
Miriam looked up at the towering cloud above them. "God saved us from the Egyptians, Moses!"
A smile popped on his face. Moses grabbed Miriam and hugged her. "He did! We're free. Free at last."
Miriam laughed and hugged her other brother, Aaron. "Aaron, we're free!"
Aaron patted Moses on the back. "Praise the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. He saved us!"
Miriam grabbed her tamberine and play as her brothers and the men sang, "I will sing unto the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!"
Elders, fathers, and sons joined in singing, dancing, and playing instruments. "The Lord is my strength and song. And he has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise HIm; my father's God, and I will exalt Him."
Miriam laughed and kicked off her sandles to dance on the sandy shore. She raised her timbrel and led the women with singing and dances. "Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea."
The children of Israel celebrated the rest of the day and into the night. Campfires lit the seashore crackling in beat to the songs of praise. The sea, birds, campfire, and land creatures joined in praise to God for His salvation.
After the children slept, the adults continued to talk about the ten plauges, the journey to the Red Sea, crossing the Red Sea on dry ground, the Egyptian army chasing them, and the sea splashing onto the Egyptians. Moses stood and raised his hands to silence the people. "Let's be silent before the Lord for a moment."
Miriam hugged her knees for warmth. She gazed into the fire and listened to the sea splashing on the shore. She looked up at the pillar of fire above them. I had hoped You'd save us...and You did. I never expected all You did for us. Thank you.
Moses sat again by the fire. Miriam joined him. "Moses, I knew God would use you to save us the moment Momma put you in the basket and set you in the river. I'm so glad you obeyed Him and came back to help us."
She grabbed her timbrel and leaped up to dance again. "Sing to the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously!"
Some time later the she fell asleep. The next morning she rubbed her eyes and heard to the waves crash against the shore. "Oh, I remember where I am! God saved us."
God hears our prayers. Sometimes we have to wait for His answer, but then we discover His plan is best.
1. What was Miriam happy about?
2. How did she get to the other shore?
3. Who all was with her?
4. Where had she come from?