Between a Rock and a Hard Place

By Deanne Baum

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a position where you literally didn’t know what to do?

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Recently I woke from a dream which was a bit of a nightmare.  In this dream, I was lodged sideways between two very high walls — at least 18 feet high — and found myself unable to move.  I had tried to breathe-in and slide along but it was still no use.  I was tightly wedged and paralyzed by fear. In the distance I could see an army of soldiers in hot pursuit to capture me. There was nothing I could physically do to save myself and that is when I woke up relieved to know it was only a dream.  It was hard to shake off this vividly disturbing night vision, and it caused me to think about an old saying which came to mind “caught between a rock and a hard place”.

In the dream I could not move forwards or backwards.  I could look up but there was nothing to grab hold of.  The walls were hard rock and both sides were sheer.  When I woke up to realize I hadn’t even thought about asking anyone for help.  I did not cry out for rescued, and I had tried to do things on my own. Well that failed miserably in my dream and in real life situations now that I thought about it.  Actually, the more I thought about things the more I realized that there was a situation in the Bible I could learn from.

Crossing of the Red Sea by God’s People

Written for our learning and admonition, the famous account of the Israelites led by Moses out of slavery in Egypt (Exodus 14:1-31, 1 Corinthians 10:11, Romans 15:4).  I tried to put myself there in amongst the Israelites while they camped before Pi Hahiroth between Migdol and the sea, and opposite Baal Zephon.  Not having traveled to this part of the world it was difficult to really imagine what this scene would have looked like.  The best I could do was think of huge mountains either side and the Red Sea at high tide in front of me.  A scary dilemma. Feelings of being trapped.

What I could imagine was Pharaoh’s army replete with horses and chariots thundering with break neck speed towards the encampment to recapture the Israelites.  Any who would not willingly be captured would die there a terrible death.  In verse 10 it says “And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them.  So they were very afraid and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD”.

Facing our fears in the face of death

Like the Israelites, whowere pursued by Pharaoh and his army, we also must flee from sin in this present evil age (Jeremiah 51:6). The world is full of peril and is under the sway and control of the wicked one (1 John 5:18-19). However we know we can ask God our Father for help and protection at all times (Psalm 46).  We were released from spiritual bondage when we accepted God into our life  we agreed to the covenant made at baptism in which we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (Galatians 1:3-4, Ephesians 1:7 and Colossians 1:13-14).

As end time Christians living in the world, the account of the Red Sea crossing is full of significant meaning and symbolism for us. While striving to be separate from it (Revelation 18:4).  When faced with trials and seemingly impossible situations do we panic or stand still? (Psalm 46:10). Moses told the people to stand still and not to be afraid — to see the
salvation of the LORD — because He will fight for us. Our focus must be directed at God despite whatever dire situation is before us.

In Exodus 14:22 we can read that the children of Israel went through on dry ground in the middle of the sea which God caused to form a wall of waters on both sides of them. This takes absolute trust and faith in God to see us through no matter the challenge, the storms and trials of life. Even if we are convinced that we are about to die that day. Pharaoh together with his army were destroyed before their eyes — washed up dead on the beach — the people then believed and feared God because of the great work He did for them.  The people had faith in God (Hebrews 11:29

Confidence and faith in Almighty God’s power and strength

In Exodus 15:1-18 The Song of Moses was triumphantly sung by Moses and the children of Israel after they crossed through the Red Sea.  They were full of joy, jubilation and heartfelt thankfulness as they lifted their voices in praise and worship to God.  In the future we will celebrate by singing this song when God will eventually give us, His children, the victory over sin and the demonic forces that currently plague the vast majority of humankind (Revelation 15:1-4).

Until that day, we need to be developing rock solid faith, trust, and total confidence in the omnipotence of our Father.  We must always turn to Him for every single need and always give Him heartfelt thanks and praise each and every time He rescues us from all those times between now and Christ’s return, when we become caught between a rock and a hard place (Isaiah 51:10-11).


About Lorelei Nettles

Lorelei was born in Minnesota. She met and married husband Robert in 1982. They have one son, Roger and now live in Arizona. She has always enjoyed writing and has written for online blogs, as a ghostwriter, and for her church for many years.
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