#Retrospective — This post originally published October 2, 2019.
Why did I have to be with the last ones? I knew it was my own fault for hesitating to leave when my division packed up and headed out laden with silver, gold and clothing as well as their unleavened bread. It all happened so fast. I couldn’t believe my own eyes when I saw the Egyptians urge us to hurry and leave. I think they were actually scared to have us around after all those plagues, especially that last one. I have to admit I was scared as the first born son, but we did as the Lord instructed through Moses and I was not harmed.
Only the mighty hand of God could’ve ended our slavery and brought us out of Egypt. But now fear and doubt returned as I stood between two walls of water. It was the same fear I felt when we were camped near Pi and I thought the Egyptian army was going to overtake us. I thought we were going to die right there in the desert. Moses’ words still echoed in my mind: “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
I saw it all with my own eyes. A pillar of cloud kept the Egyptian army from reaching us all night with darkness on one side and light on the other. I thought we were trapped by the sea until I saw Moses stretch out his hand and a strong east wind blew all night so that the waters of the Res Sea parted creating a dry path to the other side. It was an amazing sight to behold. But now here I stand, watching the Egyptian army advancing, pursuing us on the same path through the Red Sea, but with fast moving chariots. I quickly trudged up the dry shore to the other side of the Red Sea with the last few people to cross, knowing I would be the among the first struck down by the army.
I wanted to run as fast as I could after reaching shore, but the word of the Lord that Moses gave us caused me to stop and turn around. “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” The Lord has brought us this far, yet fear began to fill me again as I watched the army coming closer. “Can I just be still and trust the Lord will fight for us, for me?”
#WednesdayWalk Through the Bible — an exploration of what unknown people might have seen or felt when they witnessed the events in the Bible. This post is from the perspective of a person who is part of the exodus out of Egypt through the Red Sea based on Exodus 12:31-14:31.
© 2019 CGThelen
10 thoughts on “Be Still in the Midst of Fear”
What a gripping point of view story! It certainly gave me pause to meditate on the Greatness of our LORD God. Thank you.
Writing this caused me to slow down and think about waiting on the Lord — how the Israelites had to wait for the last few to exit the Red Sea before God drowned the Egyptian Army. Thanks for the comment. Blessings.
Great post. Being still is the wonderful work we all need to do. The world doesn’t want us to be still though. It (the world) wants us to keep pace what they want.
So true. It seems to be counterintuitive to be still in a world that trains us to always be moving, to get through that to-do list. Thanks for the comment. Blessings.
This was wonderful!! I’d love to hear your thoughts one Wednesday of someone from the generations after God was forgotten… I feel like if it were me, I’d wonder how my great grandparents could have forgotten to pass this down or what went wrong in their lives that after seeing such a miracle, they would end up turning their backs on Him. It’s such a sad reality that after these miracles so many generations went by and God was forgotten.
Those are great thoughts. I will put that one in my “ideas” list. I have always wondered that myself — how you could see all these amazing things that God did and then turn from him. Same thought with Jesus — seeing miracles and then denying Jesus is the Son of God. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings.
My knees would be knocking!
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