"Therefore sent he horses, chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, a host with horses and chariots was round about the city. And the servant cried to his master, "Alas, my master! how shall we do?" And the master answered and said, "FEAR NOT, FOR THEY THAT ARE WITH US ARE MORE THAN THEY THAT ARE WITH THEM."
This section of scripture (2 Kings 6:14-17) is a reminder and a promise at the same time. As we come off of a time a family gatherings, hope and celebrations-it is easy to be blindsighted and held hostage by what we see in the natural. But hold your form, and deviate not from the process.
See, I have been this servant (more times than I'd like to admit), caught up and distressed by what I saw as overwhelming odds and insurmountable tasks. And try as I might, I couldn't see the 'more with us' that the boss, leader, friend, motivational speaker, or even my pastors could see. I mean, I tried to! I told myself there are more with me, I spoke to the fears, "be gone," -but it wasn't working; it just made me even more worked up. And it was PARALYZING.
Until I cried, "Alas Master!"
By focusing on the chariots and horses, or in more simple terms- the expectations of others, the what ifs, the comparisions, the bills, the belittling words of naysaysayers, etc.- I would remain paralyzed. Trying futilely in my own strength to emotionally hype myself to see the vision. But 'Alas Father' and the simple key of crying out shifted my perspective. And that shifts everything. Every. Thing.
You know how someone runs through a troop? They run through. They don't run to a troop, they run through. Their focus is on the other side. When I cry out, my focus shifts from my bumbling attempts to make something to partnering with what God has already created- a way out, a method, or even better, good works created beforehand for me to walk in.*
So alas friend, when stuff looks crazy, the water is choppy, and you want to cover your ears and eyes and hide; cry out and fear not.
Then Run Through.
* Ephesians 2:10