Getting Stuck Doesn't Have to Last

Several years ago my family and I lived in theSan Antonio, Texas area. San Antonio is known to be hot and dry in the summer.  On several occasions, it would get hot and dry for weeks and then a downpour of rain would come causing flash floods.  In fact, the dirt would get so hard and dry that the water would flow over the top of the surface instead of seeping into the soil.  When this happened, every low lying area would soon flood and become impassable in a matter of minutes. The result was predictable. You probably guessed. Several cars would get stuck in the rising water.
 
Have you ever been stuck?  Imagine your boat having mechanical problems and being stuck in the middle of a large lake. Maybe you got your truck stuck in the mud. Perhaps you got your car stuck in a snow drift. Possibly you had a paper due for a school assignment and you got stuck and didn’t know what to write or which direction to go with the content. Perchance you were faced with a real difficult situation at work and felt stuck with not even one plausible solution. It could be that you feel stuck in a bad relationship and don’t know what to do.  Let’s also consider that you may feel stuck in an addiction. In any case, let me encourage you. Getting stuck doesn’t have to last.
 
So what do you do if you’re stuck in a tough situation in your marriage, in an addiction or bad habit, at work or even in a friendship? Before we go on, lets acknowledge a few dead-end solutions. Maybe these examples are the way you’re trying to cope. You can choose to do nothing and intentionally stay stuck. I did hear of a young man that buried his four-wheeler in the mud on his dad’s farm. The farmer was so mad at his son he intentionally just left it stuck in the mud. But, typically, doing nothing doesn’t end well. Another related option is to ignore the problem and hope it will go away. But, again, ignoring the problem isn’t a plausible resolution in most circumstances because most problems just don’t disappear into thin air. Actually, it may well fester and get worse. Yet another related option is to deny there is a problem. This is going one level above ignoring the problem. This is knowing you have a problem and not only ignoring it, but arguing its reality with others. In fact, from time-to-time, people scoff at the notion that they’re in a dangerous flash flood. They go as far as telling their passengers that there is no danger at all even after being warned through radio announcements, signs and sirens and yet they end up getting swept away. It is sad to say, but they didn’t deal with the reality of the circumstances so the circumstances dealt with them.
 
Whether you try getting mad, staying busy, fighting, drinking, shooting up, running, ignoring or denying . . .  your wounds won’t get healed with these types of solutions and your problem won’t simply vanish. So let me ask some questions to help you get focused. If you’re stuck, regardless of the conditions, are you acknowledging the problem truthfully and completely?  Are you taking full responsibility for your behavior and attitude? Are you asking God for help? Are you surrounding yourself with competent people to advise you and hold you accountable? Are you trusting and obeying God? Are you believing God’s word? Let’s be reminded of what the Psalmist wrote, PS 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. . . . 10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” You see my friends, all in all, Jesus is always enough and His word is completely sufficient. Again, let me encourage you. Getting stuck doesn’t have to last.
 
A Work in Progress,
 
Pastor Gene

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