The Exodus Begins: A Night of Watching | by Sai Wang
Holy Week Devotional: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
On May 8, 2019, my immigration lawyer called me and said: “Sai, it is very likely that your visa petition was not selected by the lottery system. I advise you to take action in preparing to leave your job as your current student visa/work permit is expiring in 20 days. Once expired, you have 60 days to prepare to leave the country permanently.”
In silence, I could hear my heart pounding and breaking. I knew that I may have to leave this country due to a visa situation since day one, but that reality has never felt so real until that very moment. Imagine what it was like for the Israelites to be told one night that they were no longer legal in a country they lived in for 430 years, a land they called home. Adding yeast to their dough was even a luxury! No wonder they were kicking and screaming about leaving dreams and a past life behind. Don’t we all do that?
The beginning of my Exodus experience was a wakeup call, not only on the temporality of my legal status in this foreign country but also on how momentary our lives are in this soon-to-be judged world. Walking with the Lord calls for a completely different lifestyle: “It was a night of watching by the Lord, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; so this same night is a night of watching kept to the Lord by all the people of Israel throughout their generations” (Exodus.12:42). Just like Jesus called his people to stay awake (Mark 13:33), we are called to follow Him with a heavenly perspective as Paul has noted: “forgetting what lies behind and straining toward what is ahead”(Philippians 3:13).
Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake” (Mark 13:35-36).
How are you staying awake while waiting for the Exodus of the Church?