Friday, March 18, 2016

Striding Through Swamps and Mud

“[God’s people]’ll be a workforce to be proud of, working as one, their heads held high, striding through swamps and mud, courageous and vigorous because God is with them….” –Zechariah 10:5 (The Message)

A wide, shallow creek bed cuts through our neighborhood. The creek is mostly mud and a narrow trickle of water; a swath of reeds and young cottonwoods has grown up in its marshes. Many dog owners let their dogs roam the banks off leash. The humans stay on the sidewalks and keep their feet dry. But if Lexi wants to explore along the creek bank, I have to go with her into the mire. I can’t let her off her leash. (I could refuse to go down to the creek, of course, but I have sturdy boots.) Sometimes God leads us into the mud, too. That isn’t the same as being dragged through the mud or getting bogged down in the mire of sin. Instead, God’s way might lead us into sticky places, where things aren’t neat and orderly, where things might be a downright mess. He has work for us to do there. And we can be courageous and vigorous because even into the swamps God goes with us, as I go with Lexi. Sometimes when we walk, we have to get our feet wet.

Dear God, I will stride through the swamps and mud if you go with me. Amen

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