In the Deepest Pit
Oh my dear ones, this will be short. Mainly, because it is late, I am tired, and as I told you before…I got a job now. I gotta get my hiney up early in the morning. The days of staying up late to write and resting and recovering the next day while the kids napped or were in school are nothing but a looooong-lost memory.
But, I come to you now because the Holy Spirit wouldn’t leave me alone about it. When that happens, I’ve learned to listen. And watch God receive the glory.
So, I come to you now, simply to share this – I seem, lately, to be surrounded by people in “a pit”.
I grew to respect and appreciate this term for it after reading a book that flat out changed my life. Beth Moore, who, for those of you who don’t know is one of the most well-respecrted, wise, insightful and in-love-with-Jesus Bible teachers/speakers/writers out there on our planet right now. She wrote a book called “Get Out Of That Pit” (see here!) that was a rope for me out of my very own pit. God threw me a rope, and it was in the form of that book.
But, those around me, as I said, vary in the type of pit they’ve found themselves in –
A friend in a loveless marriage.
A fellow writer whose cancer is back with a vengeance. (Read her stuff. You will love her. And then pray for her. And her two baby girls.)
A woman who buried her eight=year-old.
A friend who buried her mother.
Yet another whose mother’s mental health has everyone on their knees desperate for answers.
Another friend in a deep financial pit with not a ray of sunshine reaching the bottom.
As you can see – some people didn’t choose their pit. They were pushed in, slipped in, or sometimes dove in. Regardless, a pit is where they be.
I am, for the most part pit-free as of now. Don’t be deceived… I am unhappy sometimes. My marriage bites sometimes. My quiet time
sucks stinks sometimes. Our finances make me cry sometimes. I feel myself slowly slipping back into the Complacent Christian Life sometimes. My head and back hurt all the times. But, really, that is no pit.
Trust me, I’ve been in a pit.
But, as God would have it, at least for this season, He has surrounded me with people in a pit. So, it is to all of you that I write tonight.
Please hear me –
God can be trusted.
He just plain ol’ can.
As if He should have to, He proved it to me time after time after time. Out of the abundance of His grace and mercy He showed up and blessed my hospital socks off over and over.
Did it all end up as I had planned for? As I prayed for?
Heck to the no, it. did. not.
But, here I stand (Hallelujah! I stand!) out of my pit.
I stand here in the sunlight and I feel the warmth of the Son on my face.
The cold, dark, desolate pit is no longer my surroundings. The deafening silence of the loneliness I felt there has currently been replaced with cheers and rejoicing in songs of praise.
I say this not to brag. That would be absurd. I say this ONLY, and I do mean, only to encourage you. My pit lasted the better part of four years. Maybe yours has been four months. Perhaps even four decades. I don’t know.
But, this I do know.
God loves you.
He made you on purpose for a purpose.
He can be trusted through it all.
And most of all –
He is with you now.
Do not doubt.
Our God is big enough.
All my love,
Ps. The links provided have some of the best testimonies I have to His faithfulness, along with the best Truth from His Word to stand upon. If you have time, read them as well. Blessings…
Praying for each one of those friends in a Pit! Thank you for sharing and know how much we are blessed by your blog….
Wow, the Holy Spirit was all over this one. Thank you! I am going to pass this along to those that I know are in a pit.
That was awesome cuz!!!! 🙂
Thanks for always writing something that makes me not just think but also laugh. You are very talented! Love you to pieces!