For such a long time, I felt stuck. I was stuck with failures in my business , stuck with our family’s financial problems, stuck with frustration towards my husband and stuck with feelings of depression and anxiety. I just felt that there seems to be no way out. I kept asking myself this question, “What happened to you?”, caused by my unbelief of letting myself get stuck in a messy and desperate situation when I know in my mind that I have to do something to get out of it.
I tried every mindset motivational stuff I could ever think of having read it from motivational books. I researched online on how to get out from being stuck. I listened to motivational speakers to get motivated and be inspired hoping it will fire me up inside and eventually make me move away from being stuck. But to no avail.
Have you ever felt the same?Have you ever been in such kind of a situation where you kept on telling your mind that this is not where I want to be and I have to do something about my situation but you just can’t do it?
I was so stuck that I started to hate myself for not doing what I am suppose to do to get out from our financial mess. I struggled with my own self. After failing with my business, having no income to provide for the family and being in so much debt not to mention an ugly argument with my husband almost everyday because of our situation, I felt hopeless.
I found myself worrying all the time, dwelling on the negative things that was happening to us. I could not focus with what I wanted to do. Whenever I try to push myself and think of a way how to get out from being stuck in my desperate situation, another set of problems comes in and consumes that little motivation in me that I have to do something.
Just like what happened to Moses and the people of Israel when they arrive at the Red Sea after being freed from Egypt and learning that the Pharaoh and his army are after them. The Israelites panicked, got scared thinking that they were all going to die in the desert. Looking at the Red Sea, they thought there was no way out. How could they pass through the Red Sea? How can they get out from there without being caught by the Pharaoh and his army?
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today” Exodus 14:13. And we all know what God did during that moment where He drove the sea back with a strong wind and turned it into a dry land so the Israelites can walk through with the wall of water on their right and left side.
I did not know at that time that I was facing my “Red Sea” that was leaving me hopeless. I kept on looking for ways on my own on how to deal with my situation being stuck with problems that seems to be a dead end for me. And that was the main problem, I was doing it on my own and I forgot to call on God’s help. Psalm 46:1 says “God is like a place where we can go, where He will protect us. He will always give us help when troubles come.”
God definitely rescued me from being stuck with all my troubles. I still have troubles in my life today but I find peace with the promise of God to protect me from it. I don’t have to find out on my own how to face my Red Sea because God has been providing me the wisdom that I need to face it.
Being stuck in the most difficult situation in my life, God taught me I could never do it on my own. No motivation or mindset will take me out from anger, depression, anxiety, worry and panic that has engulfed my life when I got stuck with my problems. It was only thru knowing God and having a personal relationship with Him that I felt the strength to do the things that I have to do to move on with my life. Remember Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.”
All of us have our own Red Sea. It could be unemployment, financial problems, marriage problems, Illness, debts or low self-worth. Instead of getting stuck with our situation, God tells us to stand still. Stare at both the issue and at the apparent dead end before you. Ask God for a way out. Wait for Him to provide.
I like listening to this song as it reminds me to remain still and know that I have a Big God who can come to my rescue when my life seems to be in so much trouble. How great it is to have the reassurance that God is with me all throughout whatever trouble or Red Sea I may have to face in this life on earth.
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