Can you relate?
Girlfriends In God hits the nail on the head again –
“We all have a pit of some kind in our lives. Oh, your pit may not be depression. It may be an addiction you find impossible to conquer on your own. It may be a difficult relationship or a life plan gone wrong. Maybe a diagnosis of cancer or a chronic physical disease keeps you broken. You may wonder if God is aware of or even cares about your pain…. (I assure you He does…)
Pits are a certainty.Hard times will come. Darkness will find us. We will, at some point in our lives, find ourselves in a pit of some kind. It may be a pit that we have dug with our own hands through wrong choices and foolish decisions. It may be a customized sinkhole prepared for us by the enemy himself. But a pit is a pit. And all pits are basically the same – dark, lonely, and filled with ugliness and pain.
Pits have a purpose.Every pit comes to us for a reason. The darkness often comes to strengthen us. Our struggle to escape that darkness forces us to admit our insufficiency and search for power outside of our own. Pits have an amazing way of bringing balance to life: a balance between sorrow and joy, between darkness and light, between faith and doubt, between weakness and strength.
A friend recently sent me the following note that reminded me of this powerful truth:
God found Gideon in a hole. He found Joseph in a prison. He found Daniel in a lion’s den. He has a curious habit of showing up in the midst of trouble, not the absence. Where the world sees failure, God sees future. Next time you feel unqualified to be used by God, remember this: He tends to recruit from the pit – not the pedestal.
Pits demand that we change our perspective. They make us stop and scrutinize priorities, eliminating the trivial and focusing on the important. We get into trouble when we give in to the demands of the urgent instead of taking the time to focus on what is really important. Pits give us new eyes and a heavenly focus.
The path may seem endless and even cruel at times, but you must be patient. You did not slip into that pit overnight, and you will not climb out of that pit overnight. The journey out of the pit begins and ends with one small step of faith. Walk straight ahead through your fear. And with each step, moment-by-moment, the darkness will slowly begin to lift.
Father, I come to You – helpless and alone. The darkness is overwhelming and no one seems to understand. I am desperate for You and the healing that I know can only be found in You. Lead me, Lord. Teach me, Father. Right now, I surrender to You and the plan You have for my life. By faith, I thank You for the pit in my life that makes me cry out to You.”
I, for one, have been in my own pit of sorts for a few weeks now.
It is not the darkest pit I’ve visited in but it’s been pretty consistent. It’s like I got hit all of a sudden & have been trying ever since to pull up. And out. I will get there. Being sick in the middle of it all didn’t help. It’s like I’ve had a big ol’ target on my back. Or something.
There is some emptiness. Some disconnect. I struggle to find anything to write about that will encourage anyone, much less myself. I have found myself gleaning & leaning more on the writings of others I follow to lend me a hand. I have even contemplated quitting my writing. But I haven’t – not totally.
It is what it is.
This too shall pass. I know it will!
God is still very real & I am still in love with Him & all that He is now to me & yet discovered to be.
It’s me, something in me.
I am going to turn my face heavenward today, right now ~ and be grateful. Because I am. I truly am.
Much love y’all & the belief that these pits are only temporary,
(image courtesy of toddalcott.com)