(I wrote this early yesterday morning during my devotions and wanted to share it with you. It is rather simple but it really ministered to me and hopefully it can minister to someone out there who needs it as well. Enjoy!) Have you ever found yourself in a place of no escape? Sometimes we have a way of getting ourselves in a 'muddy' situation (or situations) where there is no possible way out. And it seems the harder you try to get out of that mud, the deeper you sink. The further you sink, the stronger that grip becomes and you can even lose your shoes (stability) in that mud as you find yourself on a slippery slope with no hope for your present. You question where you've been in the past as you become blind to and fearful of your future.
I do not believe that God puts us in these situation, but man oh man, I sure believe He loves it when our backs are against that wall and all of our physical strength is gone, all of our schemes are found worthless and all that is left inside of us in that dark and muddy pit is you and you alone. And in that lonely place a cry begins to be formed inside of you that, when released, tells a story...and must be answered.
If you are reading this post and are in one of these 'muddy' places, let me encourage you. I've been there before. And in that muddy pit of loneliness and despair I discovered some things for myself about my God that I never knew before;
1. As His strong hand reached out to my helpless one, I didn't have to hold on to Him to try and pull myself out. He grabbed a hold of me and used His strength to pull me out of the deepest place I could have ever been. My weakness became an opportunity for Him to show His strength.
2. My gut-wrenching cry for help He turned into my song of deliverance and freedom. I was no longer singing recycled songs of what God did in other people's lives, I had a brand new song that only I could sing.
3. It did not matter that I lost my shoes in that mud, because He would have removed them anyway so He could place a new pair on my feet. Everything with you in that mud pit stays there, He doesn't want them and you don't need them. So leave behind the painful memories of your past and move forward to your present.
Psalms 40:1-6 (NLT) I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. 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. He has given me a new song so sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand - you don't require burnt offerings or sin offerings.