I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. . . . . (KJV).
Imagine yourself in a pit of miry clay. Someone is calling to you, but you aren’t listening. You are too busy thrashing about, fighting against the mire. Finally you tire from your struggles. For a moment you are still. You must rest.
In the distance The Voice still calls. In the quietness you hear Him. It is Jesus.
Gently He lifts you from the mire as you raise your hands to Him. He sets your feet safely upon a rock. He stands beside you. He has been with you all along.
The above is my story. I was stuck in a horrible pit of wounded emotions and confusion. I had learned to function in that pit, for it was what I knew. But it wasn’t easy. Much energy was required to move in the mire. It was exhausting. I had no peace.
The idea of asking God for help didn’t occur to me. I didn’t know Him. While I now realize the Lord had been with me throughout my life, my own struggling and the circumstances around me prevented me from recognizing His presence.
My husband had been born and raised in church. While he wasn’t attending at the time, he suggested I might investigate church for myself. I began attending religious education classes and a bible study. I wasn’t comfortable with God Himself, so the Lord sent women who knew Him to demonstrate His great love for me. When I felt safe enough, I asked Jesus to become part of my life. And He is. He lifted me out of that pit, setting me upon a Rock. The Rock of His love and salvation.
Removal from the pit was not the end of the process. I still had rough clay clinging to my body, rubbing it raw in places. But I was out. The clay could begin to be removed. I could begin to heal.
The cleanup process is not always easy. But we need not fear it, for God is gracious. He asks permission before He scrubs. He doesn’t use a fire hose, blasting quickly to get the job done. He gently washes as we allow. He has an endless supply of cleaning tools, and He knows just which one to use for what job. And He loves us from beginning to end. From pit to cleanup and all the stages in between. He loves us with our mud. He loves us without. He loves you this very moment.
In spite of the discomfort, this ongoing process is worth it. I no longer have to struggle in a pit all alone. I have a God who is with me always. He lifts me up when I make a mistake and fall back in. A God who has put a new song in my mouth. It is a song of praise for all that He has done in my life.
If you are reading this it may be that God is calling to you. If you would like to exchange your miry pit for a song of praise, now is a good time. A time to stop struggling and to hear God’s call. To invite Him to lift you gently out of the pit. To allow Him to set you on a Rock. To experience the love and salvation Jesus. (Inviting Jesus into Your Life)