It’s amazing the veritable plethora of things God can show you on a simple four mile run along a culvert.
For today, let’s focus on what I ran across in the middle of the culvert after a hearty rain storm the day before.
This four wheel drive, 4X4 Ford wannabe monster truck got stuck, got BOGGED DOWN in the mud!
There was no one in the driver’s seat.
There was no one nearby to claim the truck.
The truck was abandoned…at least for now.
Evidently, the owners of this vehicle didn’t see the big sign that read:
NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES ALLOWED
VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED
Have you ever been BOGGED DOWN?
Haven’t we all been bogged down?
Some of us are bogged down by a certain lifestyle that has kept us stuck in a mud pit for years…
Some of us are bogged down by a dream that hasn’t come true yet…
Some of us are bogged down by a job that undervalues our self-worth…
Some of us are bogged down by a dysfunctional family member or two…
Some of us are bogged down by depression and other mental health maladies..
Some of us are bogged down by a dangerous driver recklessly driving through and past all the warning signs while we sit idly by in the passenger seat.
Some of us are bogged down by doing good all the time. When doing good no longer becomes a choice but rather a rut, then the joy of doing good routinely is ripped right out of the good intention. Even the Bible recognizes this potential hazard, “Let us not become weary in doing good…” (Galatians 6. 9)
I am reminded of this quote that talks about the danger of getting bogged down by sin…
“Sin will take you farther than you want to go…
Keep you longer than you want to stay…and
Cost you more than you want to pay.”
The photo above serves as a perfect example of this quote…
The driver went farther than he wanted to go…
The deep mud kept him much much much longer than he wanted to stay…
And if the sign is right – This person’s predicament is going to cost him a heck of a lot more than he originally wanted to pay in order to get his truck out…
Watch out for the warning signs. Do not only watch out for them, but obey them!
Turn and go the other way. Several references in scripture mention “running” as fast as you can in the opposite direction.
What is it about our human nature that we live by the motto of “Rules are made to be broken?” Surrender that independent, rebellious nature and become more dependent on following God.
What might seem very counter intuitive, just sit tight and wait for the hand of God to come in and pull you out. As evidenced by the photo above, the more this driver spun his wheels the further he got bogged down.
We may be so bogged down that the only way out is from a hand from up above that gently and yet firmly grabs a hold of us and lifts us to higher heights and a firmer foundation where we won’t get BOGGED DOWN!
He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me. (Psalm 18. 16-19)
Read that last verse one more time… “he rescued me because he delighted in me…”
Even when we are BOGGED DOWN, the Lord delights in us!
Laugh often and Fear not!
PS – Be alert and on the look out…
The very hand from above that gently pulls someone out of a bogged down situation might be yours!