Scripture Reflection - Pharaoh and his army, the enemy, were in hot pursuit of the Israelites because he wanted life the way it was, the good life of having slaves do all the work. The Egyptians overtook the Israelites as they camped, unaware of their presence, they snuck up on them. Once the Israelites saw Pharaoh they immediately were terrified and cried out to God for help.
The Israelites were in a situation they had never experienced before and fear over took them and they were terrified. Being pursued by the enemy, not knowing what he would do, and more than likely thinking he would kill some of them and take them back to captivity. Back to the ‘way it was’ – slavery and being told what to do. They did not know what to do. So they called upon God, the one who was leading them by day and night.
Current Reflection - We get so absorbed in the situation; we can only see the mountains to climb and not the way around them. Our focus can make us forget about the enemy who is after us. Then, wham, the enemy is right on our tail, in hot pursuit. Fear sets in and we become paralyzed in our situation.
Have you heard the cliché for what FEAR stands for, False Evidence Appearing Real?
We are not seeing reality and for sure not relying and trusting God. When we get in this mind set all we know how to do is to cry out to God for help!
God is testing us to see if we will cry out and depend on him. Total trust! There is no other option. Trust is the key element of living a good, solid, stable life rooted in our Heavenly Father. He has not taken us this far to drop us off and forget us.
Personal Reflection - God has done small things in my life to help me trust and not have fear. He has answered my smaller, simpler prayers and I start to TRUST and believe He will do it again and again. This is true TRUST!!
It is a continued practice to keep praying and being watchful for the answers. It does get better and I remember God’s trust and plans when fear creeps in. That’s all I can ask for. There is no perfection in this journey for me, simply continuing to try over and over until I gain headway the next time fear tries to take over.