I can remember the day it snowed. Snow turned to sleet and rained down fast. The streets were icing over, and I couldn’t drive up a hill to get to my home. I was on the snow-covered asphalt trying to figure out how to park without blocking the road or causing my car to slide. That’s when a man in a pickup truck decided to drive around me on the shoulder of the road. One problem. He didn’t anticipate the dip in the shoulder that was covered with snow and soon found his truck stuck. He revved up his engine to no avail. His truck wasn’t moving.
Getting stuck is no fun, and Lot, his wife and their daughters found themselves stuck in a sinful town, but angels came to their rescue. One of the angels warned Lot that the cries of the victims in that town had reached God and the town would be destroyed. He told Lot to get his family and leave. But Lot was moving slow, as if he wasn’t really sure he wanted to leave. The angels grabbed Lot, his wife and their daughters by their arms and dragged them to safety outside the city. He gave them instructions not to look back, but Lot’s wife couldn’t resist and was turned into a pillar of salt, permanently stuck.
If you’ve ever had to move and leave people and places that you have grown attached to, you know the emotions that can arise. Some people find themselves in dysfunctional situations, but because they are familiar, they choose not to escape in fear of the unknown.
I believe there are times when God will allow circumstances to get so bad, that it forces us to take action.
Oscar Wilde said, “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
Yes, change can be good, but it doesn’t always feel good.
What about you? Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Have you lost your passion for life? Have you lost interest in the things that used to bring you joy? Are you indecisive and feel like your life lacks purpose? These feelings can be a sign that you are stuck.
We can feel stuck because our spirit is leading us to do one thing, but our logical self, our mind is telling us something different. You may be making a responsible decision, but always sacrificing fun time can take its toll on anyone. When our soul is out of sync with our spirit, we may feel stuck.
If you believe you are stuck, it’s time to make some changes. Pray for clarity of life purpose. Make a decision. Do something for fun. Reconnect with an activity that brings you joy. If you are always putting your needs last, do something just for you. It could be a vacation or maybe just a walk outside, whatever rejuvenates you.
Don’t dwell on the past—bad choices or how other’s hurt you. It’s a new day.
“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” –Lamentations 3:22-23
Do not be like Lot’s wife. Let go of the past. Look toward the future God has for you.
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.