It is a long drive from Indiana to Florida. I was half way home, driving through northern Georgia in the night. The storm made it difficult to see the lines on the interstate. I decided to pull off the road have something to eat and wait out the storm. In Dalton Georgia I found a Bojangles and navigated my way in the back lot to find a place to park. However the parking lot turned out to be a pond due to the recent flooding. I slipped off the concrete and into the mud. The front of my car became hopelessly stuck in the red Georgia clay. I waded up to my waste in the water and mud trying my best to get my car out. But the more I tried the deeper I sank. I soon realized that I was not going anywhere. I needed help. Desperately, I called a tow truck and waited in the pouring rain. Finally, cold and soaked to the bone, help arrived and me and my poor Camry were pulled out. I was so happy to get back on the road and resume my trip.
Have you ever been stuck? The psalmist offers some wonderful encouragement for those of us who find ourselves stuck spiritually. Psalm 40:1-3 says: “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth-- Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD”. God’s people can get stuck in discouragement and depression. We can become mired in the mud of a sinful relationship, a stubborn addiction, or even a hopeless situation. Sometimes we can find ourselves stuck with no way out. That is when we need to cry out to the Lord. As we admit to him our need and seek His face He will be there with His wonderful deliverance.
Sing praise to the One who delivers from the horrible pit and the miry clay. Call out to Him. God will be there for His children who are hopelessly stuck.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation