«Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever» (Exodus 14:13).
HAVE YOU EVER had a nightmare? We all have them. Perhaps we dream that someone is chasing us, but even though we want to run, our legs stumble and we do not go forward as fast as we need to; or that we are falling off a precipice and we awaken before we reach the bottom. Nightmares are like ghosts that interrupt our dreams. Experts say that often they are the reflection of difficult situations we are experiencing in real life, situations like work stress or family conflict. Those situations from real life are not a dream, but can qualify equally as «nightmares» from which we do not know when we will awaken, that is, when we will get over them. According to the dictionary, a nightmare is «a terrifying dream, a frightening experience, or persistent fear.»
A nightmare was what the people of Israel lived when they left Egypt and were pursued by the terrible overseers who had mistreated them for more than four hundred years while they were building their luxurious monuments. Enclosed by the immense and cold waters of the Red Sea, there was a defenseless group of people, traveling on foot with their cattle and their families, including children held in their arms who had been born as slaves. Now they were before a great natural wall that meant sure death.
Moses told the people: «Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever» (Exodus 14:13). The rest is a familiar story: God saved them in a miraculous way.
Dear friend, you also should follow divine instruction. Listen to the voice of the Eternal, who says to you, «Do not be afraid. Keep calm and wait to see the salvation that I will give you today.» When we feel threatened, our tendency is to forget God and lose our calm, but He asks us to do just the opposite: not to be afraid, to trust in Him, and to be steadfast and wait to see His liberation.
During the Second World War, there were signs in the city of London, England, that said, «Keep calm and carry on.» The city was being continually bombarded by German planes. That is a message for us today: keep calm and carry on.