Confession: Sometimes I fall into a pit. This pit is dark. So very dark and scary. Three evil friends, Fear, Worry, and Anxiety, dug this pit, and I fall right into it. Sometimes I see the pit in front of me and I walk right in on my own accord. Sometimes I'm not paying attention to where I'm going, get distracted, or find I'm looking behind me instead of in front. Sometimes the three evil friends camouflage the pit so well that I don't notice the soft, shifting ground that gives way with pressure and weight. And I fall right in. Right into that deep, dark, slimy pit. Funny, I never find anyone else in the pit. This pit is dug just for me.
Sometimes I stay in the pit for a while before I decide that I need to get out before it's too late. Luckily, it's getting shorter and shorter each time. But what I've come to realize is that I cannot get myself out of that pit. I cannot drag myself out or hoist myself up. The walls are slimy and provide no traction to climb myself out. I need help. The only thing I can do to help myself in this situation is to simply say, "Jesus, help me." Really. That's all I say. It's all I can say. In Psalm 40, David says, "...He heard my cry. He stooped down to lift me out of danger from the desolate pit I was in, out of the muddy mess I had fallen into. Now He's lifted me up into a firm, secure place and steadied me while I walk along His ascending path." (The Passion Translation)
God rescues me, lifts me up and out of the dark pit! He rescues you!
When we come out of the pit, God sets us in a place that has solid ground. A place where the foundation is good and steady, not shifting or giving way. A path that is ascending, moving upward, not downward. This is the promise that reaches down into the pit and rescues.
Will I find myself in another pit? Maybe. Those three evil friends are relentless. But faithfully, God is dragging me out. Every. Time. I've found another promise in Hebrews that will help keep me out of the pit, and I can't wait to share that one with you, too.