“He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”
It’s that time of year.
We have descended, not into madness, but into something far, far worse.
Squelchy, squishy, liquid mess, compounded by the scraps of lingering ice and rotten snowdrifts which make traversing some areas rather – shall we say, interesting.
Such was my lot yesterday.
I was being wise.
(Or so I thought.)
I had a child’s hand in each of my own. The trip out had resulted in a flurry of general mayhem and madness in one particular spot. So I thought I’d avoid that place by taking the shortcut through the deeper snow at the street corner.
But I didn’t know that at the time.
We three kings of our domain marched into the snow with confidence. Confidence and the snow’s cellular strength held us in good stead for some twelve paces.
Until my right leg sank almost up to the hilt.
That was a surprise.
Bevies of littles, frantic to rescue their teacher, swarmed like flies, accomplishing nothing.
I extricated my leg and my pride with some concerted effort, aware of the irony of my plan of action designed to avoid trouble.
Ever been there?
You take a detour and hope you won’t end up in a pit, yet there you are.
Trouble finds us.
We can’t run or hide or take a new route or lock the doors fast enough to keep it out.
It’s just – there.
I love how very honest this verse is.
It acknowledges the fact that we will face hardships from time to time. No glossing the truth or sugar-coating reality here at all.
But it also says that when we fall (for fall we will), there is One who can pull us out.
Even when you sink to mid thigh and think you may never get out of the pit.
Are you in the pit right now?
Wait for help. Be faithful in the waiting. And remind your heart that solid ground I s just ahead.
Have you just emerged from a pit? Walk humbly and be filled with gratitude. Fill your faith tank against the day when another pit may pop up out of nowhere so that your fall doesn’t last as long or cause so much grief.
Look to Jesus to pull you out when you need a helping hand with me?
Father, I love how You promise to pull us out when we fall. I love how You know our weakness, You know how likely we are to stumble – yet You are always there to steady us and pull us out. Amen.