Psalm 40:2 - 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.
It’s one of those days. We’ve tried and tried to get back on track, but we find ourselves stuck in a muddy pothole. Life is full of potholes and bumps in the road. It’s not an easy ride. But everybody is going through this bumpy sticky ride. It’s up to each of us how we react to it. Some people become angry and blame other people for their potholes. Others just stand still in the mud and wait for someone to get them out. Yet, there are others who see they’re in a sticky situation and look around them for sources of help. There may be broken tree limbs within reach or a spare board still on the ground from a past work project. Once you decide to try to get out a way appears. God is also within reach. He can supply whatever it takes to help you get out of your pothole. Don’t just wait for someone else to do the work. Ask God and then listen to and follow his instructions to get out.
Psalm 92:12, 13 - The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
Some days it seems that all I can do is take care of my needs and beyond that just push through. On those days, I only tackle what has to be done. But we weren’t meant to spend our life in survival mode. We were meant to flourish. Even when we’re at the deepest valley of pain, we can pick up the phone; write an email, Facebook or text someone. You can be guaranteed that your recipient has needs in their life to and would be encouraged by your call or correspondence. Funny thing is, we started by just trying to push through, but we find out as we’re encouraging someone else, that it feel good to do so. That, my friend, is what it means to flourish, and when we flourish it makes God smile. Do you ever feel like all you can do is push through? Do you have trouble flourishing instead of spending your day only in survival mode? I’d love to hear from you.
Proverbs 12:26 - A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Friends are a blessing to talk to and do things with. But there’s a fine line. We must judge whether we’re visiting them too often. There can be a burnout period if our friends feel like we’re draining them instead of encouraging and filling them up. It’s a balance. We have one friend that we don’t have to worry about. Jesus never tires of our pounding on his door or our seeking shelter from the storm of pain all around us. Have you ever been in a situation where you spent too much time with a friend or when a friend has become a burden to you? Let’s talk about it.
Job 28:11 - He searches the sources of the rivers and brings hidden things to light.
We often don’t want others to know how we feel. Sometimes, we pull out a mask from the closet in our minds and put it on. We believe no one knows we’re hiding our true feelings. The funny thing is most of the time people can see there’s something going on even if we try to hide it. I think we would stop pretending to be something we’re not if we knew that the ones we’re trying to keep our true situations from are also wearing a mask. Our world needs more compassion where we can feel safe to be who we really are. Do you try to hide your true feelings? I’d love to hear from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.