One of the most powerful stories about stepping into the unknown is the biblical account of the Israelites’ escape from Egypt. As described in Exodus (13:17-15:21), God commands Moses to lead the Israelites from bondage. After a long, grueling pilgrimage, they arrive at the banks of the Red Sea. With Pharaoh’s army barreling down on them, Moses beseeches God for help. God instructs him to raise his staff and ask the Israelites to step into the sea. Moses raises his staff . . . and nothing happens. As panic increases among the tribe, Moses again pleads for divine intervention, and God responds, “Don’t ask me, ask the Israelites to start moving.” It took some strong encouragement, but as they step into the water, the sea parts and they are able to cross in safety.
Sometimes we have to take the first step even if the road is not clearly laid out before us. Given the possibilities available to us, we tap into the intelligence of our mind (what is the most rational choice?) and the intelligence of our body (what feels right?). The greater the alignment between our mind and body, the easier it is to take the first step, and the more likely it is that our intended outcome will manifest. Still, the Bhagavad Gita reminds us that we have control over our choices, but not over the consequences of the choices. Unfathomable is the field of karma. Knowing this, we take a step in the direction that seems to be most evolutionary for us and trust that either we will get what we want or will learn something of great value.
Uncertainty is the ingredient that makes life rich and exhilarating. Our willingness to embrace uncertainty is what allows us to align with evolutionary flow. Step into the river and allow the current of life to carry you home to the sea of eternity.