Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the Lord’s divisions left Egypt.

In God’s time, He brought His people out of their years of suffering in Egypt. They were brought into a new era of freedom, celebration and feasting.

‘And it came to pass.’ This is true of every trial – even though some of them last a long, long time; and even though certain ones  may feel endless.

An auntie wrote to her nephew after his wife died ‘prematurely’ (as we would say), and he was still relatively young. She too had lost her first husband when she was young. In a sensitive and thoughtful letter she said, ‘What I can tell you is that one day, however far away that day may be, the sun will come out again.’

As I write this, I am thinking about very dear friends who, I heard last night, have suffered a terrible and tragic loss. Maybe there are people similarly on your mind today: those you know who are experiencing some form of distress or pain. Let’s together lift them in prayer to our Heavenly Father, and ask that in His wisdom and love He will bring them through and bring them out in His own time.

May they feel the warmth of the sun once again.