Waking to remember, I got my car stuck in the mud last night bringing my Mom home in the pouring rain.
It didn’t help leaving the car running for 15 minutes while I got her settled in for the night. Then there was the hesitation when I tried to pull away. I knew then, “I’m in trouble now” Reminding myself of the advice I recently heard,
“To hesitate is to tolerate.”
Marcus, who helps me every night to transport Mom and her wheelchair up and back from our house for dinner, (she is no weight bearing for another couple of weeks), we tried throwing rugs under the front wheel, but the tires continued to spin and sink deeper into Mom’s front yard. How stupid is this, I know better, now I’ll have to tolerate (endure, accept, stomach) the results of my actions.
Determined not to let it ruin our night, the last night of the year, we gathered our things and walked back up the lane singing. Yep, what else could we do in the cold, pouring rain of New Year’s Eve 2020. Seemed like a fitting end to this year.
“Over the river and through the woods,” we walked home, feet soaked, (of course, I didn’t slip on my rubber boots by the backdoor before leaving the house. I’m only going to be 15 minutes) Yes Mom, I remember, “Always put-on clean underwear when you go out in case something happens.” Only this time I could have used this advice for wearing my rubber boots!
So this morning, the first morning of the new year, I wondered to myself pouring the first cup of coffee, before dealing with my car “stuck” in the mud, “Gosh Lord, is this the word for the new year?
Don’t get stuck thinking about your troubles of 2020.
As is my way to study and understand, I picked up the Concordance to see if “stuck” was in the Bible. Nope, no “stuck”. That’s comforting, looks like God doesn’t see things as stuck. Humm, “What are you trying to say Lord?”
Opening the pages to Isaiah, my eyes fell on
“For since the beginning of the world
Men have not heard,
Nor perceived by the ear,
Nor has the eye seen any God beside You,
Who acts for the one who waits for Him.”
Isaiah 64:4 NKJV
Yes Lord, “Who acts for the one who waits for Him.”
The editor noted in the margin, next to verse 64: 4 “Psalm 31:19”. Seeking to hear and understand, I followed the path to Psalm 31. The answer to my question for this year was found in verse 4.
“Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my Strength.”
Psalm 31:4 NKJV
Pull me out –
Yes Lord, You “lead and guide me” verse 3.
Pull me out of thinking about last night, last year’s troubles.
Lead and Guide me, for You are my Strength.
The Hebrew word cluster for “pull me out” is numbered in the Concordance as #3318 (for those who like to dig deeper). Pull me out – yatsa – to go, to bring out, carry forth, a variety of words…shoot forth, spring out. #3319 – to finish.
Glancing up to see #3317 – (wait for it)
#3317 – Yiphtach or Jiphthah El
God will Open!
Now there’s a word I receive and can carry forth, shoot forth, spring out into the new year of 2021!
Don’t get stuck looking back on my troubles in 2020.
Yes, God knows I still have to deal with getting my car out of the mud, but I’m not to let, my troubles keep me stuck in yesterday’s problems. Following His path to see and hear, “God acts for the one who waits for Him”.
God will Open
Thank you Lord, You will open, carry forth, ALL Your good plans as we allow You to “lead” and guide” us through this New Year in Jesus’ Mighty Name! Amen!
And what was verse 19 in Psalm 31 that sent me there in the first place?
“Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
In the presence of the sons of men!” Psalm 31:19
Ps: Blue and Sarah our good friends are on their way to help us out! Thank You Jesus!