He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
As a lad I remember holidays with my older sister and her family on the west coast of Scotland, on one occasion we went to a wee village called Tayvallich at the head of Loch Sween in Argyle and Bute. The caravan park was outside the village surrounded by steep mountains, it was a an outdoor kids paradise. We often packed up the rods and went fishing, on one expedition we needed to cross a tiny burn (stream) which looked very benign. I thought one step would do it, but that one foot sank deep up my shin into muddy silt…I was stuck! No amount of pulling by me was effective, it required a joint effort of my brother-in-law and oldest nephew to pull me free, minus my welly. It wasn’t funny at the time, but as I look back I laugh at my need of rescuing from the mire that day.
In our Christian life we may find ourselves in a sticky predicament, struggling with a particular trial. We call unto the Lord in prayer and wait (Psalm 40:1) for as long as needed, until in His perfect timing God reaches down and pulls us free of the mire we are stuck in. There are certain bays in the UK that are famous for their dangerous mudflats, Morecambe Bay being one. Finding yourself stuck in such a place there are two things you must never do, panic and struggle – both will increase the muds grip around you. This is also true of in the mire of trials that we face; don’t panic or struggle against the enemy – instead pray and wait on God.
Dear reader, do you feel stuck and sinking in your miry trials? Don’t panic…pray! Your Father God is a faithful God, He hears and answers your calls for help in life’s muddy estuary. He will pluck you out of the mire with great ease as He did for the Psalmist, and place you on solid ground to walk by His side.