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Getting Unstuck

Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV)
1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.

2 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.

3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.

"God give me patience, and give it to me NOW!" That seems to be how I want things to go. In this world of instant gratification, everything is now. This Psalm describes how patience is often developed in my life. Rarely is patience cultivated through self-discipline. It's the result of being "stuck" and having no other options. Somehow (usually because of my impatience) I found myself in a messy, or uncomfortable, or deep pit I can't get out of. Like quicksand, the harder I try to get out, the quicker I sink. Like a deep hole, the more I claw the sides of the hole, the bigger it becomes. In the meantime, I screaming for help and it can seem like God's turned a deaf ear - but I know that's not the case.

God uses the circumstances of my life to transform my character. He doesn't create these "learning opportunities;" I'm good enough at getting myself into those situations. He does use them to change me. And as I'm changed, those around me, who have seen the messes I can get myself into, will credit God with not only delivering me, but will testify to the changes that are happening in my life.

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