Over the weekend, I was asked to speak to a cancer support group. The women were in different stages of cancer--some were bald, some were about to start treatment and others had checked cancer off their list. You could see varying levels of worry on their faces and for good reason.
How can you not worry when you're facing a diagnosis like cancer? How can you not worry when creditors are calling you every day? How can you not worry when you lost your job and you have a family to provide for? How can you not worry about a family member who has made choices that has put them in precarious positions?
Just take a moment and think about the children of Israel as they were headed for the Red Sea. There it is...a vast body of water before you, the desert is all around you, and the Egyptian solders are barreling down on you with their swords drawn. Doesn't look very promising, does it?
The Israelites had just followed the pillar of cloud and fire, excited about their upcoming freedom. Just as they had been following the hand of God, God deliberately led them into a dead end, to the edge of a sea that was too wide and too deep to cross. Exodus 14:1-2 says it all, "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon.'"
When you read that verse, you see where God had taken responsibility for putting them in 'a rock in a hard place'. He occasionally does the same thing with us, testing our faith, allowing hardships to come, teaching us wisdom and showing us His ways. Our first reaction is fear and worry.
It's been said before that worry is putting a question marks where God has put periods. So the next time you feel like you are in a difficult place, realize that the Lord either placed you there or allowed you to be there, for reasons known only to Himself at the time. And if He leads you to the Red Sea, He will lead you out!