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In the pit…looking up

The road we travel is full of pot holes. This cannot be denied. There are days when we are traveling down the road as planned, then abruptly, there it is: the pothole, the sink hole in the road, the pit. On these days, we spend too many hours asking why. Why me? Why us? Why did this have to happen? And on these days of asking why, we are in the pit.

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When we are in the pit, we ask God, “Why did you put me in this pit? Why didn’t you give me a river to swim across? Or a boulder to go around?” We may believe that any other challenge would not be this severe, this impossible, this tragic.

You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak Psalm 77:4

The difference between a pit and a river or a boulder, is that when you are in a pit, you can only look up. While you can swim through water or walk around a bolder, in a pit, you must look up to escape. Rather than asking why we are in the pit, we should examine where we must look to resolve the situation. Putting us in a pit requires our response of looking up. It may take us falling into a pit to get our attention. And then it is clear, although we are in the pit, God is always with us there. He extends His hand to pull us out.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present not things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 8:38-39

Through prayer and Scripture, we find energy and strength to make the climb out. It may take time and a full “all-in” commitment to God, but we can get back on the road of life again.

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Once we are back on our way, we can reflect back on where we have been. We can give praise to our Lord for never leaving us and giving us the hand up we needed. Will we have other pot holes in the road? Maybe… probably. And getting out of one pit in the past can provide us with hope when the next one sneaks up on us.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!    1 Chronicles 16:34

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