A Man In a Pit: (As told by the always humorous, truth-telling Joyce Meyer)
After listening to (and laughing at) this story a few thoughts and questions came to mind regarding what I’ll call the “man made” pit being referenced. Primarily:
– God will always take my hand when I find myself in a pit that I can’t get out of. All I need to do is surrender, repent and reach out for His.
He will never stare down at me; scold me; ask questions etc. and THEN reach out His hand OR walk away.
I am so thankful for His grace.
But, along with this thought, was the realization that, though God is:
– graciously willing
– certainly able
to get anyone out of the pit they are in, He also uses His followers – those who claim to be disciples of His – to reach out their hands to help others as well. Knowing this, it’s important for me to ask myself:
– Who do I most closely resemble in this story when I come across someone who is in a pit and sincerely wants out? If it’s not Jesus, then what do I need to do to make it be so?
No doubt, there are many, many variables that come into play in any given “pit” scenario. But, at the end of the day, my simple DESIRE is to allow Him to use my hand as an extension of His own – whenever and wherever He sees fit. And so I pray to Him right now:
Heavenly Father, I ask that you continue to work on my heart. Use me where you wish. Let me not be critical or analyze every situation that crosses my path; but rather immediately turn to You to seek Your will for me within it. Whether it be Your desire for me to act and extend my hand; or to step away to allow someone else to extend theirs, may I humbly trust and obey You.
It’s in Your Son’s precious name I pray. AMEN