Feeling Stuck?

Several years back, Bill and I visited Kenya with our program manager to check on a project. We attended many meetings to prepare the strategic plans for the work. The rainy season had begun, so road conditions were awful. We needed to visit a rural village to pick up some items. As our vehicle drove down one of the narrow paths, I noticed the mud getting deeper and deeper. My heart raced, and my hands felt clammy as the car continued to bounce along the rugged trail. Soon, the tires began to spin and spin. We found ourselves stuck in the middle of nowhere. The isolated area provided no cell service and was miles from the nearest anything. I felt alone in a desolate part of Kenya. We got out of the truck and evaluated the situation, and it appeared dire. I quickly realized my AAA service would not come to my rescue here.

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After a while, I noticed a man walking towards us and my heart lightened. He stared at the wazungu (Swahili for white people) stuck in the mud. He disappeared as quickly as he appeared and a feeling of defeat swept over me. The three of us sat down in a dry grassy area to try to figure out what to do. With only three of us, we had no good options for splitting up to get help since any plan would require someone to be alone in the Kenyan bush. We prayed for God to rescue us.

Psalm 22:21: “Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.”

More time passed when I detected a rustling in some bushes down the lane. My heart pounded as visions of lions popped into my head. But then, the man I had seen earlier stepped into the light. Then I noticed several other men behind him. I felt nervous as the approached us. They gathered around the vehicle and motioned for one of us to get behind the wheel. The men all started pushing. Bill and I quickly jumped in to help. I sank to my ankles in the muck but continued to shove as hard as possible. It took a while, but finally, the little truck was freed from its mud shackles. We cheered and hooted with our rescuers. I offered thanks to God for sending these strangers to help.

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How often is life like this story? We cruise through life while everything is going well. Suddenly, a mud puddle of sin ensnares us, and now we are stuck. Feeling alone and abandoned, we wrestle with the situation. Who will come to the rescue? Where should we turn for help? We push and pull against the weight of the sin, but nothing moves. Fear anchors us to the spot as the tires spin and spin. More sins lurk in the bushes around us and threaten to submerge us even deeper.

2 Timothy 4:18 “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Just like this story, God is only a prayer away. He is able to rescue us from any circumstances. Jesus is better than AAA. Throughout the Bible, we see examples of God’s deliverance. David asks God to save him in Psalm 71:4 “Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.” God promises to hear our cries for help, and He will answer them. We just need to reach out to Him in faith, and He will be there to help. He is only a breathe prayer away. Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God.”

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Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

16 thoughts on “Feeling Stuck?

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      I appreciate your thoughts

  1. What a powerful story and image of rescue, Yvonne. I pictured the entire scene and felt sure as I read, the man who disappeared was indeed returning with help! Who doesn’t love a happy ending to dire circumstances.

    And since I’ve been to Kenya, the analogy seemed so fitting to our spiritual condition and needing rescued. Love the thought of how God is only a prayer away!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks for adding your thoughts Karen

  2. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Vice Chair of Communications. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Q

    I literally chuckled at this line: “Jesus is better than AAA.” So true, and so funny! Yep, I have been stuck in the mud in this faith journey too, and I often think there are lessons God wants us to learn while in that mud. Some of those lessons I am not liking too much, but I realize they are to stretch me, help me to trust God no matter what, and to remain steadfast in the goodness of God. Amen?

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen. And sometimes we come away a little dirty in the process.

  3. I’ve been there, too – literally and figuratively. 🙂 I love that Jesus taught you a lesson through being stuck in mud! It’s so comforting to know that God is always with us, through whatever trials we feel we may be struggling in alone. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks and God bless

  4. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    When I was a newly single mother, I was traveling out of town with my four-year-old son in the days before cell phones. Then I got a flat tire. I asked God to “send someone I know to change the tire.” Then I thought–how silly–and proceeded to try to teach myself how to use the tire jack. But very soon, I heard someone call my name.

    Someone I knew drove us to my son’s appointment and then brought us back and changed the tire for us.

    And that’s not all. The man who helped had also been struggling to get by. The next week, someone gave him new tires.

    Jesus is indeed better than AAA.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen

  5. Edna Davidsen – Greenland – How to use Twitter? ★ Twitter Expert ★ Twitter Consulting ★ Twitter Trainer ★ Twitter Coach ★ Personal Branding ★ Social Media Marketing ★ Christian Blogger ★ Jesus Follower ★ Webdesign ★ Web-developing
    Edna Davidsen

    Dear Yvonne!

    I’ve always had tremendous respect for those who go out in the world to remote areas to engage in mission.

    Your blog post displays some of the challenges related to being a missionary in these areas.

    Thanks!
    Edna Davidsen

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Edna. It might be challenging but usually fun and lots of great memories

      1. Edna Davidsen – Greenland – How to use Twitter? ★ Twitter Expert ★ Twitter Consulting ★ Twitter Trainer ★ Twitter Coach ★ Personal Branding ★ Social Media Marketing ★ Christian Blogger ★ Jesus Follower ★ Webdesign ★ Web-developing
        Edna Davidsen

        I believe you’re right. There must be so much encouragement involved in that kind of work.

  6. Heather Hart – Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award winning author, book lover, author coach at TrainingAuthors.com and owner of BooklyBooks.com. With the heart of an author, she enjoys working from home where she spends her days typing away at her computer, brainstorming new marketing ideas, reading new books, and encouraging those around her. Heather's desire is to help others successfully publish and market their books while continuing to author, contribute to, and market multiple book marketing and faith-based books herself - and to have fun doing it! In her free time Heather writes and edits devotions for teens girls for the website, FindYourTrueBeauty.com and volunteers for multiple other Christian websites. When she's not reading, writing, or marketing, Heather loves spending time outdoors and seeing God's beautiful creation all around her. Heather lives in Texas with her husband, Paul, and their four energetic children.
    Heather Hart

    “Jesus is better than AAA.” <== I love that!! Yes and Amen! So thankful for Jesus.

  7. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    I love this story! Not many of us get stranded in the wilds of Africa. The setting heightened the sense of danger. My heart was racing! Here in the US, lions or other wild game aren’t typically a threat.

    I love this reminder: “God promises to hear our cries for help, and He will answer them. We just need to reach out to Him in faith, and He will be there to help. He is only a breath prayer away.”

    In 2011, I was working on a bible study while my husband drove. We had Christian music playing on the radio. Suddenly the crowded, fast-moving traffic screeched to a halt. I glanced up to see that we were going to hit the car in front of us at high speed. Rather than a head-on collision, my husband veered right, straddling the two lanes, which brought the semi on my side of the car grinding it’s way through our minivan, brakes squealing as it ate its way through the metal and toward me!

    As the glass windows on my side shattered, we both cried out to Jesus, while the music reassured us of God’s faithfulness, a soundtrack to our disaster. All of a sudden, the noise of the crushed metal stopped. We realized our van was slightly elevated and was stuck to the side of the semi, carried along with it until it was able to come to a stop. Our vehicle kept moving forward, thus detaching and rolling slowly to a safe stop. We threw open the doors and jumped up and down shouting our praise to God. The police called it a miracle, and we knew it was one! Praise God for rescue!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amazing Melinda. I am so glad God saved you with such an incredible miracle.

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