When you are stuck in the mud, just give up!

wordswag_1508236545289A year or two after high school, my son bought a Jeep Wrangler. The romance of “off-roading” captivated him, and so off he went into the deep woods on a trail that was suited to a small four-wheeler. He over-estimated the ability of the 4 wheel drive as he drove into a muddy hole! The Jeep was soon buried to the axles.  When Jay showed up that evening long ago, tired and muddy after his misadventure in the woods, I was aggravated with him for being foolish, but thankful he asked for help. The next day, with help from me and a friend who knew the ‘woods’ well, the Jeep was recovered after considerable effort.

The trip to retrieve the Wrangler turned into an adventure we did together, a memory we share. Today, it’s one of those family stories that always brings on laughter. It’s not hard to imagine Jay’s frustration and desperation as he gunned the engine and just dug in deeper!

There is a parable for life. We all find ourselves in a bog from time to time, don’t we?  We cruise along, becoming overly confident and then, we’re stuck! Sometimes all our struggling does nothing but make the mudhole deeper. We squirm and argue, kick and whine, but no matter what we do, the hole just gets deeper. You know what I’m talking about, it happens to all of us.

The wise know when it is time to just give up – in a faith-filled way. No, we do not just quit or resign to the circumstance, with a heavy sigh and defeat.
We stop struggling.
We admit our weakness.
We enlist good friends to come alongside of us.
And, we surrender our heart and life to the Lord asking for His wisdom,  asking for an infusion of courage, and trusting Him to reveal the resources we need to get out of the hole.

Think that’s easy?  It’s not!  There is that thing called – pride.  Millions stay stuck refusing to admit, “I’m in over my head.”  Who wants to admit he can’t get himself out of the pit? Who wants to ‘let go and let God?’  We say it and it sounds good, but the doing is much, much harder.

Shortly after the miraculous Exodus from Egypt, the people of God found themselves with no way out! The Egyptian army (the super-power of the day) was a day’s march behind them and the Red Sea was blocking the way ahead. They were a nation of former slaves, with no army and few weapons.  As their situation became desperate, they “panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!” (Exodus 14:10-12, NLT)  Panic! Blame! Loss of perspective!  The mud flew, so to speak, but they were still ‘stuck.’

Moses, whose faith had been deepening, calls on them to give up! “Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (Exodus 14:13-14, NLT)  Just stand still. This was not giving in to fate. This was giving up in faith!  Their admission that they could do nothing was paired with their expectation that God would do something. And He did. Only as the faithful and courageous Moses was willing to obediently do what God said, extending his staff over the sea, did the Lord open up the sea. The solution was amazing, unforeseen, and a lesson in greater faith.

Is the mud flying, the hole getting deeper?
Is your desperation growing?

Give up! Look up!
Turn to the Lord and offer yourself completely to Him. Sometimes He changes our situation, sometimes He changes us.

Here’s a word from the Word. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:10-11, NIV)

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Lord I Need You

(Listen at this link as you pray)

Lord I come I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
And without You I fall apart
You’re the one that guides my heart

 Lord I need You oh I need You
Ev’ry hour I need You
My one defense my righteousness
Oh God how I need You

 Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me
Where You are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

 So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus You’re my hope and stay

Lord I need You oh I need You
Ev’ry hour I need You
My one defense my righteousness
Oh God how I need You
My one defense my righteousness
Oh God how I need You

Christy Nockels | Daniel Carson | Jesse Reeves | Kristian Stanfill | Matt Maher
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