Encouragement—-the Rock in the slimy pit

Life can be a slimy pit.  It can feel sometimes like we’re up to our necks in mire and gunk.  Ever feel that way?  Today is my day for getting bogged down in the dirtiness of things I’ve done, said, or even not done.  Like quicksand, the more I dwell on my guilt, the deeper I get sucked down in all of the sludge.

In my daily devotions I just opened my Bible to Psalm 39: 7-8, 12 “My hope is in you.  Save me from all my transgressions.  Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for help.”  Then in Psalm 40: 1-3 David offers an answer:  “I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”

Oh, my.  I was stuck in the muddy, slimy, mire, and God provided a rock, a firm place to stand, so the dark water wouldn’t overcome me.  He gave me HOPE , that no matter how badly I’ve messed up, His forgiveness is there, His Rock.

Helping Hands—and a Rock

Have you been there?  It’s slippery under that muddy water.  But if you find that large rock under one of your feet, you just might be able to stand!  That’s how Hope feels when you get mired down.  And just perhaps there may be a helping hand to lift you out of the mire….like those who are also going through muddy times.

In Denver, on July 15, there is the annual FUN Mud Run.  “This event brings together two thousand people , supporting each other, cheering each other on. There will be helping hands all around for any mud-mired mucker,”  according to the MS website. Who is on your team that helps you up as you get mired down?  Are you there for someone else who might need your muddy hand to get through the muck they might be in?

In our life-run, whether it’s through the mucky mud or the mountain highs of our days, stand on that Rock, grab hold of those helping hands, and hang on to the HOPE-rope that only God can provide.

“Life can only be understood backwards; but must be lived forwards.” —-Soren Kierkegaard

Hugs of hope,


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