Updated: May 12, 2019
Are you in a season of life that feels like a dumping ground for empty milk cartons and bad luck?
We all come upon these, don’t we? And it sure doesn't feel good. In fact, it sometimes feels like more than we can handle.
We’re walking along, minding our own business and then, BAM! Down we fall into that the Pit of Misery.
Sometimes it’s old stuff from the past that gets stirred like nightmares from abuse, betrayal or abandonment. Sometimes it’s a diagnosis we were dreading or a job loss. And we wonder why are we being tested?
God tested the Israelites in the Old Testament by allowing them to go through difficult times. And sometimes he allows us to go through them too (but that doesn’t mean he’s behind them).
And God doesn’t test us to find out how strong we are; he tests us so we can find out how strong we are and how faithful we are.
I remember 7 years ago watching 3-year-old Isaiah go through cancer treatment. His mamas strength and dependency on God was such a testimony to me! It truly brought me closer to God, watching her relentless faith spill over day after day on the Caring Bridge pages. Yes, she was mad. Yes, she cried her eyes out as she watched her baby go through this horrific process! But she never once ran away from God. She only ran toward him.
Hard times happen to bring us closer to God. How many people get to their wits end and then finally, call out to God? Sometimes we have to be brought to our knees to look up.
Is this where you are? Have you fallen into the Pit of Misery? Do you need to run toward God and stop running from him?
Listen, I get it! I lived in that pit for a decade and a half, crying almost every day. And I kept asking Why? Why it this happening?!
But in “why?” there are no answers. And there is no hope.
If this is where you are I’m lowering a ladder into your pit of misery so you can start your climb out. And instead of asking, “Why?” it’s time to start asking, “What next?” That, my friends, is where hope is.
That is where you can start putting one foot at a time on the rungs, up and out of your pit.
This particular verse is very meaningful to me. I’ll post a story about that in my blog for Mother’s Day.
But for now, I’ll leave you with this: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”