Well, an embarrassing happened to me the other day. I went to the town we live in to pick up my two daughters who were being dropped off because my wife had to stay after school. The roads had become slick because of the snow that started falling and as we were driving back to the house, my Jeep slid off the road as I was trying to make a turn. The snow was so deep that my 4 wheel drive Jeep was useless to help me get out of the situation. I was so stuck I could not even open my door on the driver's side to get out and assess the situation. As we waited for my neighbor to arrive and help pull us out, three different cars stopped to see if we were ok. After we were pulled out of the ditch, a volunteer firefighter stopped to see if anyone was injured. To top off my embarrassment, my neighbor took a picture of me and my Jeep stuck for future reference!
Well, that kind of reminds me of life. Sometimes in our walk with Christ, we can get stuck in our lives. Sometimes it can be a sin that has overtaken our lives. We struggle but we cannot seem to break free and get out of its grip. Sometimes it is a situation in our life, stress, trials, problems that wear us down and get us discrouaged to the point where we are stuck and cannot get out ourselves. It is times like these that we need to call for help, help from God and from caring brothers and sisters in Christ to pull us out. Paul reminds us in Galatians 6:1-2, "Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
So, while I was embarassed for being stuck, I still reached out for help. Friend, let me encourage you today to ask someone to come alongside you and help pull you out, whether it is a sin that has you trapped or a burden that has you down. I know I have done this before and will need to do it again. May we not be too proud to stay stuck in the snow bank of life.
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