Did you ever walk along the edge of a pond? We had a beautiful spring fed pond in our side yard when I was growing up.
If you walked in the shallow water along the edge, there was danger of becoming stuck in the mud and mire which accumulated over time. You would be wading through the the cool water with the mud squishing between your toes when with one step you would sink in the mud up to your ankle. The mud would fill in around your foot and create a vacuum of sort and hold you firmly in place. There was no getting out without assistance. It could be frightening for a young child to be stuck--unable to move forward. And if you happened to be alone--it could create panic as you tried to pull free with no success. Ankle deep in the mud and mire--no help in sight---and no seeming way to get free.
There are times in life when we get stuck---unable to move forward from some circumstance. I spent a great deal of time recently talking this over with dear friends. How do we get unstuck--how do we move on--when the mud and mire of the circumstance have encased our minds and hearts---how? There is no magic switch to turn our minds off--and re-occurring thoughts --especially in the middle of the night only serve to strengthen the hold of the situation. How do you get past your shame---your loss---your guilt---your heartbreak---your fear? How do we move forward and pull free from the mud?
There is NO magic bullet---but I do believe we can come up with a course of action---a strategy---to break the vacuum and help us to pull free.
1. Pray without ceasing---when those thoughts appear---start praying
2. Stay busy---find someone who needs a helping hand--a listening ear
3. Read His Word--concentrate on The Psalms
4. Be patient--
5. Remember the One by your side
I seem to be stuck in my own mud pit, but I am taking steps to pull free--with His help. So take heart--remember Who has your hand and allow Him to pull you free from the mud and mire of this world. He promises to help us!
For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, 'Do not fear, I will help you.