Do you ever wonder why the storms and trials we go through in life seem to magnify and become intense dramas that cause far too much anxiety and stress? How does God look upon us when we begin our relationship with Him by faith alone, and then go back to relying only on ourselves to accomplish everything in life? Is He grieved by the lack of trust we display towards our Omnipotent God? I believe our lives can be set free from the misery of doubt if we would only believe and apply the lessons of the Bible to every situation we encounter.
The scripture I chose for this photograph was inspired by the plight of the Israelites after being released from 400 years of Pharaohs’ bondage. History records that God used Moses to lead them out of their tyranny in Egypt, and as they began their migration out of Egypt towards the Promised Land, they came to a very daunting roadblock called the Red Sea, with mountains on both sides and Pharaoh’s army approaching from behind.
Let’s be real about this and admit that if any of us been there with them, we would have fainted with despair, especially when their leader has told them “You only need to stand still.” Their natural instinct that modern-day psychology calls the “Fight-or-Flight Response” would have already kicked-in the moment they realized they were about to be slaughtered with nowhere to hide.
So often we forget that the amazing and powerful God we serve does not ever think our thoughts, or come to our rescue in the way we imagine He will, but instead God does that which will bring Him the most glory and cause others to know that it was He who performed the miraculous!
Someone once told me that an acronym for the word FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. There are many fearful issues that we all must face at some point in our lives that can create that “fight or flight” response in us. Just a few that come to mind are family emergencies, long-term illness, war, divorce, economic hardship, abandonment, pain, abuse, rebellious children and death. All of these can be as intimidating and overwhelming for us, as the situation at the Red Sea was for the children of God. They were hemmed-in on every side and frantic over the possible scenarios they would face if God didn’t intervene. Would captivity, torture, poverty, slavery, and death be God’s plan? The life that they had hoped and longed for in the Promised Land of God was about to disappear before their weary eyes.
There was nowhere to go, no escape and no turning back for the Israelites, and like them, some of us have been in the grip of fear, with no end in sight. We have doubted God’s promises and probably even blamed Him for our tragedies. We have cried out to Him for mercy time and time again, but things seem to get more difficult and life has become a burdensome weight and a yoke of slavery. There seems to be no escape, we are surrounded by the enemy on every side. We cannot move in any direction because we are outnumbered and overpowered. Then we cry out, “God, where are you? I need you NOW, more than ever before.” Who would ever think of “standing still” in the midst of such fearful, stressful, and dangerous situations?
I can testify to you from my own life experiences that this is exactly what God desires from us; and it’s not because He enjoys seeing us sweat bullets, or lose all control in the face of overwhelming circumstances. He allows all of these things to happen because that is when He can prove to us that He is in total control of every aspect of our being. He is not just the God of our salvation, but He is the restorer of our souls, the counselor of our emotions, the healer of our hearts and the Great I AM, who tells us to be still in His presence, because with Him, nothing is impossible as His plans for us unfold.
 The fight-or-flight response (also called the fight, flight, freeze, or fawn response [in PTSD], hyper arousal, or the acute stress response) is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. It was first described by Walter Bradford Cannon in 1914 in The American Journal of Physiology.