I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
Psalms 40: 1-2
Reflect on this etire chapter in Psalms. How many times have you found yourself in a pit? It seems like the more you try to climb out, the more you slip on the mud and rocks and find yourself weary. Why do you think that is?
If you’re trying to get out of the pit by yourself, you’re not only going to find yourself overly exhausted, but you’re going to find yourself still sitting right in the middle of that pit. You’ve accomplished nothing by trying to get out on your own. This scripture says to wait patiently for the Lord, and he will lift you out of the pit.
When I was young the drama of Baby Jessica was plastered on every tv station and every newspaper in Texas. Jessica was 18 months old and somehow walked right over an abandoned water well and fell close to 20 feet inside of it. The opening of the well was only about 8 inches wide, so the rescue team was unable to just go down and get her, and 20 feet was an impossible climb for an 18 month old (or any adult for that matter). It was impossible for Jessica to save herself from that situation. She had to utilize the many rescuers working hard to get her out. Had she refused that help, she literally would have died in that well.
When you find yourself in a pit of dispair and can’t seem to find your way out, think about this toddler. First, wait patiently for the Lord because he wants to help you out of that pit. It may take longer than you would like, but he’s coming. Exodus 14:14 says The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. Some translations say “you need only to be still.” Let him reach in and pull you out. Don’t fight him as he does this. Just be still and allow him to do the work he came to do.
Sometimes you may think you know the best way out, but you’re only digging a deeper hole. God knows that what seems like the obvious way out might really be more harmful. It may take him coming in from another side to save you from your despair. Unfortunately, that sometimes means things have to get a little bit worse before getting better, but he is in control and will get you out.
Baby Jessica fell deeper into the well as rescuers were drilling a hole nearby. It seemed like it was making things worse, but these guys were experts and knew exactly what they were doing. They knew they couldn’t get her out by reaching into the well and lifting her out. They had to dig a hole nearby and come in from below, and after more than 2 days in that well, they pulled Jessica out of her literal pit of despair.
Let God meet you where you are in your pit. Remember the more you fight and the more you attempt to do it on your own, the more damaged you will find yourself. Wait patiently and allow him to come in from a different angle and pull you out with as little damage as possible.
Baby Jessica information from http://www.caver.net/j/jrescue.html