…. Part of the seduction of “why me?” is that we expect a reward for our suffering. It’s like we expect our families and friends to turn around and feel sorry for us and somehow ease the pain and make it all better. We expect people and God to rescue us from our pain and helplessness. But God is not trying to spoil you, He’s trying to raise you. He’s looking at you face to face, saying, “Come on! You can do this! You’re the only one that can climb out of this pit. If I come and rescue you from where you are, you’ll stay there!” In fact, it’s His kindness that is trying to coach you out of your pit. If you feel like He is not near you, I would suggest it’s because He wants you to come after Him and the only way to get you out of the pit is to remove His tangible presence to cause you to run after Him and climb out of the pit. Havilah Cunnington.
I have found myself “in the pit”. Stuck in a season which I don’t want to be in, waiting for the difficult season to be over, feeling overwhelmed, stuck and no longer enjoying the journey. I cry out for somebody to rescue me, somebody to just reach in and pull me out of “the pit”.
But that is just an easy fix, no learning or growing will take place if I am just lifted out and I may just find myself down in another ditch further down the track. God is trying to show us that we are in fact powerful, strong and brave and we can raise ourselves up out of the pit.
He is there with His loving kindness, wisdom, strength and empowering words but we need to get up and chase after Him. We need to make the decision to lift our heads, stand to our feet, climb up out of the pit and start running.
If you too are down in the pit I encourage you to get up and climb out and chase after God with all that you have. He lights the way but we need to make the decision to go along. To stop dwelling on our circumstances, stop reliving past hurt and pain and to stop saying why me. We need to fix our eyes on only the good things, what we have to be thankful for and let joy back into our hearts again.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4 v 4-7
Focus on the things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. Accept the things that you can not change about your season, work hard on the things that you can change and start releasing over to God the things He will take care of.
Lets get up and out of the pit!