We’ve finally gotten out of February and into a new month. We’re in that waiting period between the end of winter and the beginning of spring (and summer!), and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be moving into spring and away from winter. I was reminded by Psalm 40:1-3a this week that our lives are like this too:
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. 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. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”
The verse starts off reminding us of the dreaded waiting period. In our fast food, fast technology world we’re not that good at waiting. Depending on what it is, of course, we’re better sometimes than other times, but generally we’ve forgotten what it’s like to wait. It used to be that you had to wait for the vegetables to grow to get fresh ones, now we just head to the closest store and pick some up. But the verse quickly reminds that even if/when we do wait, God won’t leave us hanging. He hears us, it’s just a question of how long we’ll wait until it’s the right time for Him to respond.
The next section of the verse is about being stuck in the slimy pit, and then rescued from it. Sometimes we’re able to get ourselves out of the mess we find ourselves in, other times we need help to get out. It’s not shameful to ask for help, nor does it make us less of a person. In fact if we were quicker to ask for help (after giving it an attempt ourselves) we’d save ourselves a lot of suffering and stress. No one said that we had to do everything ourselves, in fact God made it a point really early in the creation of the world to make sure that no one was alone. In getting assistance when being rescued we’re able to get onto a secure and safe spot easier because we’re not trying to get out and stay safe (and minimize damage) at the same time.
The verse concludes with a reminder of one of my favorite topics: hope. No matter how deep, no matter how dirty the hole, God can give you a new life and new reason to live and thrive. Just like we have to ask for help we have to accept hope as part of our lives, it’s not just a given. If we don’t want to see hope and don’t want to believe that the world could be a good place we’re missing out on a big part of the gift that God’s given us to get through the challenges of our lives on earth. Are you ready for spring in your life?