When I was a little girl, my mom and I went for a walk through the trees and trails on our property. I wore boots, so I wasn’t too worried about all the mud from a recent rain.
I was making my way through the thick sludge, putting one foot in front of the other and realizing my boots were starting to get pretty heavy. Finally they wouldn’t budge at all.
I tugged and pulled with everything I had, feeling different muscles in my feet and legs screaming at the absurd torture. But my boots wouldn’t even wiggle. It’s as if they suddenly developed an attitude, stubbornly refusing to move and laughing because now they were stronger than me, and I wasn’t going to tell them what to do anymore, thank you very much.
It got me thinking this morning…
How often do we feel stuck? Stuck in debt or an illness? Stuck waiting for an answer so we can move forward, knowing then which way to go?
Maybe our “mud” is in the form of anxiety or fear or even bitterness and we don’t know how to escape the muck. (Read more on that here.)
The day I got stuck in the mud, I called my mom and she came to my rescue, pulling my feet out of my boots and then wiggling those stubborn beasts free as they let out a loud slurping roar. (We had a good laugh as I stood there in my socks!)
When you and I get stuck in our lives we can call out to God, and He will come to our rescue.
I’ve learned He sometimes allows us to wait for the rescue for a number of reasons:
He wants us to know the rescue, the glory belong to Him; we can’t get unstuck by ourselves.
He may want to stop us to protect us from what’s up ahead.
He may be preparing a blessing up ahead, and it’s not ready. Or we’re not ready.
He may be teaching us this path is not for us.
And sometimes this may be the only way He can slow some of us down so we will spend time with Him. (Any other caffeinated gung-ho-ers out there?)
The point is if you feel stuck, the moment you cry out to God He hears you. The answer and the rescue will come. Just sit tight (or stand if you can’t get those boots off!) and wait for Him. He will never let you down.
“In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears…He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.” (Psalm 18:6, 16 NIV.) *
*If you’re really struggling, needing God’s rescue, try reading all of Psalm 18 out loud…so powerful!
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