Sunday, March 6, 2016

Mud and Mire

“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” –Psalm 40:2

Lexi can’t avoid mud on a rainy day. Whether it’s our soggy yard or dirty water flowing along the street, somewhere during our walk she gets into the muck. Then the sun comes out. On the day after a rain, I step out with Lexi with a glad heart. No boots, no raincoat today; no wet dog to towel off before we come in. The air feels fresh and clean. But the muck hasn’t gone away. There are still puddles in the parking lot. The yard is still squelchy. Bare dirt is still ooze. Lexi comes home with muddy feet another day. We know when we walk with God that there will be rainy days, and we won’t always avoid the mud. Like the psalmist, we might feel like we’re sinking in the mire (69:14). Then the sun comes out. Things get better. But we’re surprised to find that the muck hasn’t gone away. We’re still getting bogged down. We expected to find a firm place to stand. Where is it? Of course it’s Jesus. We have to put our trust in him, not in a change of weather. I’ll wipe Lexi’s feet again; God will wipe out our sins (Acts 3:9).

Dear God, Lift me out of the muck and mire, and teach me to stand firm in Jesus. Amen

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