Feeling Stuck?

Stuck in the mud? God will help; God to the rescue; God is able; God is a prayer away;

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. 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!

  2. 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?

  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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

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