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“I waited and waited and waited for God. At last he looked; finally he listened. He lifted me out of the ditch, pulled me from deep mud. He stood me up on a solid rock to make sure I wouldn't slip. (PSALMS 40: 1,2 MSG)

I send these words to three special persons. I speak to the person who is standing beside a pit of destructive misery. To you I say stop. Back up. Think it over.

I speak to the person who is already standing in the quicksand of the miry pit of destruction. Get out while you can. God is reaching out his hand to pull you to safety and cleansing. Let God pull you to safety. Your efforts to free yourself will only sink you more deeply into the smothering quicksand of death.

I am placing myself in danger as I write these words because there is danger of slipping back into the pit. I find myself in a similar situation as a surgeon operating on a patient who has a contagious disease. MY wife’s strong voice rings in my ears, “Jack stay out of the pit!”

I share a powerful lesson that came to me while I struggled in my pit.

My pit was not the care facility or room where I am. I did not come into a pit when I became a resident in long term care. I brought my pit with me. My pit is inside my mind and body. A staff member taught me this lesson when he said, “Jack when you came in here you were half dead. Now look at you. You are well and are ready to go home.”

Now I speak to myself and to every reader when we are challenged by the daily changes we face as human beings. Our bodies grow weak and are constantly changing. Very seldom does our old body change for the better, but for the weaker and the worn.

When I look in the mirror and see a very old man with new wrinkles fighting old wrinkles for a place of prominence, I admit that I feel a pull toward the pit of self-pity.

But my salvation comes when I quickly run to the “rock that is higher

than I” and, the “Rock of Ages.” I hear the words of the song: “The fire shall not hurt thee, it’s only design, thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.”

And I remember the promises of Jesus, found in verses found in John 14:18-27  in (The New King Version) "I will not leave you orphaned. I'm coming back.” Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me. "These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Though seven-fold storm of thunder roll and shake this globe from pole to pole, no thundercloud shall daunt my face, for Jesus is my hiding place.


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