In a world that is ever-evolving around us at a rapid rate, the hardest motion for us to make is to move forward.
There is anxiety affixed to forward motion. We have all been in situations where moving forward would be the last thing on our minds. Be it a closed door, a lonely place, a missed opportunity - a veritable sea of opposition between us and the promised land.
The children of Israel found themselves in a similar predicament. Just released from 400 years of captivity, they now found themselves between the red sea and the hordes of Pharoah's army. (Talk about a rock and hard place). Moses, their prophet had not foreseen this situation. Ancient Israelite GPS had not forewarned them about a sea on the way to freedom. For all the miracles, they had seen till now on the path to deliverance, this particular situation felt just a step too far for them to overcome.
It is interesting, to see God's response to the prayer of his servant, Moses. He seems to dismiss Moses' angst. But instead points him to the staff in hand. The staff of miracles - which had just plundered Egypt and helped rescue an entire generation of people from the clutches of centuries of slavery.
What is even more amusing is that God asked them to move forward instead.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Exodus 14 : 15
The importance of moving forward
Even in our lives, we find ourselves crying out to God in sorrow when faced with impossible situations. More often than not, the Lord has already provided the solution for our problems.
We need to remember God's promises in our lives. If we remain at the shore, we will never be free from the clutches of our past lives. The moments we feel left alone by God, are the moments we should realize that He is holding back Pharoah's armies and waiting for us to move forward instead.
Spiritual Stockholm syndrome
There is a saying that goes, the devil you know is better than the devil you don't. We often find comfort in remaining in situations that feel familiar - even if the environment is abusive to our growth. Psychology calls it Stockholm syndrome - where we fall in love with our captors. What lies ahead terrifies us so much that we would rather remain in captivity.
But we are the children of the Light. We have been delivered by the mighty outstretched arm of God. The same God who was mighty to save us is strong enough to see us through to the glorious end.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
It takes faith in God's word to move forward. There is no place for fear when attempting the unknown. Be it moving forward from past hurt, and bitterness, escaping addictions, or moving on to fulfilling our callings, the uncertainty of what lies ahead should not paralyze us to stay in what feels familiar. We are meant to live for so much more.
So take that step of faith and watch the waves go back. Even the bottom of the ocean turns to dry ground to the march of the one who believes.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14