BETWEEN THE LINES a frontline devotional

Don’t Be a Stick in the Mud

Day 09

“He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.”

– Psalms 40:2

Imagine you are walking on a clear path but something catches your eye; you become distracted and wander off course. The more you pursue that distraction, the further you are from your clear path. You notice that what you were pursuing is in the middle of a swamp. There are signs advising you to turn back and get back on the path. However, you are really curious about that object in the middle of the swamp, so you choose to keep walking. Suddenly, you realize you’re sinking. Each step gets harder and harder as you sink into the mud. The more you struggle, the deeper you go. There is no one in sight and you can no longer see that clear path. You begin yelling for help and just as you are about to give up, someone pulls you out, leads you to your path, and gives you clean clothes. How grateful would you be?

The clear path is God’s plan for our lives; He has laid out a path for each step. The object represents whatever draws us away from God, and the swamp is what traps us in our sinful life. Finally, the person who helps you is the Holy Spirit. We all can find ourselves stuck in the mud of our sinful choices at some point in life. Thankfully, we serve a God who is waiting to pull us out and set us back on our way. We just have to call out for His help!  If you feel stuck in a cycle of poor choices, take a moment to reflect on what distracts you from God’s plan. If you call out to the Lord right now, He will be faithful to pull you out of the pit and onto the firm foundation of His Word!

Find peace in His embrace,

Jasmine