“Don’t be afraid…
The Lord Himself will fight for you,
Just stay calm.”
I finger these hope words
Like rosary beads,
Wrapping them around my being,
Letting them do their comfort-work
Upon my restless mind
That chatters words of “cannot be”
And “I don’t see”
Where doubt and desire collide.
I’m not alone in this.
We all feel pressed sometimes
Between what is
And what we hope for,
Between what He provides
And what we desire.
We name our need,
Knowing that the provision we seek
Can only come from a God of Grace.
We know we’re not the first
To plead for deliverance,
To wrestle with reliance
On a God who values surrender,
Scroll back through centuries,
Way back through the centuries,
Until you find the sons of Abraham
Suffering hard as slaves in Egypt.
Long and lean the years have been
Until the day that Moses returns
On a freedom mission from God;
And the Israelites,
They walk right out of captivity
With a shout of praise
And fists raised in defiance.
A triumphant, “Take That!” moment, this.
But defiance dries up real quick
In the face of fear.
They’re well on their way to escape
When the unpredictable God they follow
To turn back and camp by the sea.
We can only imagine this bold move
Left Moses wide-eyed trembling.
For sure enough,
Straight to that unsecured spot
Between the bone-dry desert and a body of water
Came Pharaoh and all his might,
Every last man and beast.
And the people of Israel panicked.
They cried out to the Lord,
They turned on Moses in a flash.
With fear-laced words
They attacked them both,
“Why did you bring us out here to die?
Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt?
Didn’t we tell you this would happen?
We said, Leave us alone!”
Who almost always found a way to trust I AM
Spoke these astonishing words
Of calming comfort from the very mouth of God:
“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today.
The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.
The LORD himself will fight for you.
Just stay calm.”
And fight for them, He did.
The sea opened up for His powerless people
And closed on the dangerous, but doomed
Enemy of His Own.
The Israelites could never have foreseen
Such a bizarre and beautiful delivery.
They would not,
Not in their wildest dreams.
And so it is with us.
We cannot know the provision he prepares.
His creativity and power know no bounds.
And even though we do not see all that He has planned,
We remind ourselves
That He is never out of options,
And His glorious presence
Can always find its way through a crack
To our spot between a rock and a hard place.
He is other.
He is I AM.
And He will fight for You.
Italicized words are quoted directly from Exodus 14.