Thursday, October 28, 2010

Daddy....I'm Scared

Ever been in a situation where you feel overwhelmed and that this is not going to end well? Where we feel like maybe God has somehow abandoned us in our situation?
Several years ago I took my daughter on a roller coaster ride, her very first. She was so excited and even though I tried to talk her out of it several times she insisted to ride this gigantic roller coaster at Sea World.
She was all smiles when sitting in and buckling up. She was all smiles as we awaited our climb of the high coaster. The higher we got, however, the more concerned she looked. She began to lose a little color in her face as we continued our climb. As we neared the top of the climb and began to near the decent down the steep fall she was now very nervous and quite frightened by what was to come next. I looked over into her fear stricken eyes, leaned into her, held her hand and said as calmly as I could, “Daddy has you sweetie. You don’t need to be scared. I am here.” The next couple minutes of the ride were something to remember. She did not enjoy one moment of it. She was pretty much sick the rest of the day.:)
In Exodus 14:9 But the Egyptians pursued after them…..”
We see God was faithful to lead them away for King Pharaoh and they got all the way to the Red Sea where they saw the king had a change of heart about letting them go and went after them.
10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
In essence they were saying, God why did you bring us this far just to see us die? They really believed that He had abandoned them.
In their distress they even convinced themselves that it might be better to go back to the way they were, in slavery then to face the storm they were facing.
12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
Wow! Really?! I mean do they really think it was so much better?! They were slaves and hungry. We must not romanticize about our past. When we move forward and deal with our hurts, yes it will be tough but don’t believe for a second that it will be better to go back to the way it was.
Sometimes when we climb the coaster it feels like we need to turn around but life doesn’t work that way. We are in the storm we are in but God is there with us.
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. 14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

If God was faithful to bring you to this point, He will be faithful to take you thru it. When we face life’s trials and scary roller coaster moments we can feel confident that our Daddy, the Abba Father is reaching over and grabbing our hand saying, “Daddy has you, don’t be afraid. I am here” Remember, whatever you are facing, His perfect love casts out fear. Your heavenly Father has you in all situations.

Rodney Holmstrom
Celebrate Recovery
Fellowship Bible NW Arkansas

For more information about Celebrate Recovery contact Rodney at 479-659-3679 or roholmstrom@fellowshipnwa.org

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