Have you ever found yourself in a trapped situation? You look to the east, west, north, and south and you see no future. Trapped moments in life can be so painful that it leaves you almost bleeding. I know some people don’t understand what it means to be trapped probably because they’ve always had everything going smoothly for them. But I tell you, regardless of who you are, somehow, somewhere; you’ve been trapped by life circumstances.
For some, it may be that they are trapped financially. No money to pay the debts, no money to pay the tuition, and no money to buy yourself and others some good stuff. They are trapped!! For others, theirs may be being trapped spiritually. They can’t seem to understand the sudden silence from the God who always speaks to their every need. It is difficult to endure the silence of walking out your faith before God who does not always speak to your insecurities.
While for others, they are trapped emotionally. Oh yes! This perhaps, is the toughest of all, because naturally, we are emotional beings. Our emotions can be linked to how we spend our money and how we worship God. I do not wish even my enemy to be trapped emotionally.
You alone know where you are trapped. And you wish that somehow, someone can come to your aid and rescue you.
Recently, I began studying once again, a story we all know or may have heard of, and I was amazed at my discovery. To better buttress my point, let’s delve into this story for a bit.
Now, these people have been enslaved for 430 years in Egypt and for once in their life they heard that they were going to be delivered from their bondage. Imagine, I have been trapped and forced to think in a certain way (slave mentality) for that long, and here comes someone with a promise of deliverance. Someone may be asking: How is it possible to be set free from something I have become used to?
I have been abused and molested by people for years and here you are promising me deliverance. I mean, I have been enslaved by drugs and certain habits for years and here you are promising me deliverance. I have had low self esteem for years and here you are promising me deliverance. For years, I have had problems loving myself and have always perceived myself to be nobody, and here you are promising me deliverance in a short while.
Emotionally, I have been heartbroken and been enslaved and trapped, not wanting to let anyone in again and here you are promising me deliverance in a very short while. How possible is that?
I know you all can relate with these feelings. And it becomes a problem when on the outside you act as though all is going well, but on the inside life is punching you real hard and you are a point n life where you can’t handle just one more punch.
And here comes these people after they have been delivered out of the land Egypt, facing even a greater challenge and have become trapped, not knowing which way to take. They look behind and they see what they were running away from now running towards them and in front of them is a big obstacle-the RED SEA. Trapped by their situation, they began to wail, and wished they remained as slaves in Egypt.
How painful it can be for you to look behind and see your history/past experiences running towards you just when you are trying to get over them, and in front of you, you see no future because of the obstacles ahead. You are trying so hard to get over that abuse, heartbreak, low self-esteem, drugs, poverty mindset, you name it and each time you look back you see the things you are trying to let go off running towards you. You are trapped and you wish that someone can help you out. I know that feeling; some of us have been there and have tasted of such bitterness.
Trapped and wailing and left confused, God told them to MOVE ON even though they still see the obstacle standing and staring at them. The RED SEA still remained undivided, and God is telling them to move on. Eventually, as they approached the sea, it parted ways. Now, many historians find it hard to believe that such happened but I do believe with the whole of my heart.
They walked through the red sea on dry ground. Get this straight, There is no going to be “WALKING THROUGH “unless you first “WALK TOWARDS.” In order to walk through your obstacles, you have got to first walk towards your fears and conquer them.
You alone know your RED SEA. You alone know where life has you trapped. And sometimes, when you look back you see your past running after you and you wish you can overcome what’s ahead of you and watch your past drown.
Just like the Israelites did, you’ve got to MOVE ON in order to overcome your fears. You can’t afford to remain trapped in that (“filling in the blank”) just one more day. Make up your mind to MOVE ON
At the other end is a land filled with milk and honey. So why allow life to trap you in what you know you have the power to overcome?