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Where am I?

Posted by Leigh on August 25, 2011 in Proverbs |

Have you ever been stuck? 

Stuck with your career, stuck with your relationship, stuck in your walk with God.

I get stuck a lot and so I got to thinking about it and praying about it.  (Eventually I will learn to do those the other way around, pray first, then think, it saves time.) 

I had to go back to the physical part of becoming stuck before I could apply it.

I had a dog.  His name was Phantom and he was a huge Siberian Husky with brown eyes and a perpetual smile.  When he was young we came to visit my mom and dad.  Phantom was outside on a lead line.  During the night he broke the line and went on an adventure, dragging the line behind him.

The next morning I woke up and I went looking for him.  The dread growing in the pit of my stomach as I walked in my socks through grass still wet from the morning mist.  Calling out.  Crying.  Pleading for him to come home.  And I followed my gut.

There was a huge neighborhood to my left and on my right there was only a road, woods, and swamp.

I went right.

I ran down the road in socks and my pajamas.  I would call and call.  But I realized I needed to be quiet so I could hear.  (foreshadow much?)

Silence.

Still I ran right because my gut told me to.  My instinct.  (God maybe?) 

And finally I heard. And then I saw.

He was stuck.

The lead line had become tangled with some branches and in his desperation to get away he had sunk neck deep into the mud. He was exhausted but he had heard me and he had whined just loud enough for me to hear. (Once I hushed long enough.)

I walked into the swampy marsh, heedless of the snakes, monsters,  or other hidden dangers, to rescue him.

This was over 18 years ago and God reminded me of it this morning and the lessons He wanted me to learn.  (In His time, not in mine.)

I’ll unpack more this week but for today:

1.  Read Proverbs 25 cause it’s the 25th of the month (Only 4 more months till Christmas! YIKES!)

2.  Think about an area of your life that your stuck right now.  Spend some time writing what your “stuck” looks like.

3.  Start your Christmas shopping list.  Here’s a link to help you get started.

4.  Come back tomorrow, there will be more.  🙂

 

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