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Posted: Sep 29, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

I was thinking about an event that happened in my life that I thought you may find a bit humorous. Several years ago, I worked with an organization called Master’s Commission. We trained college aged students for future involvement in ministry. One of the parts of that experience that I remember the most was traveling. We traveled all over the place. I have seen some incredible things in my life and most of them were while I was in Master’s Commission. I have been to the Grand Canyon several times, flown over Mt. Everest, seen castles in Ireland and visited the largest church in the world in South Korea. I owe those experiences to Master’s Commission. I remember one specific trip that I lead to Oklahoma. I have lots of friends from Oklahoma and I always looked forward to that trip every year. In Master’s Commission, we always traveled in a 25 passenger “short bus.” Because I was usually the leader of the trips that we took, I frequently was the one responsible for most of the driving. I have a cdl liscence to this day to prove it!

Being a male, I very strongly dislike asking for directions. If I get lost, it’s either find my way on my own or get further lost. One night after a service, I was taking our students to their host homes that they were staying with while we were doing ministry there. Believe it or not, I made a wrong turn and ended up in the middle of a field. I swear that I thought there was a road there. The worst part was that it was rainy that day so the further I drove into the field, the more stuck in mud we got until eventually we couldn’t move at all. To make matters worse, I was pulling a double axle trailer that was now also stuck in the mud. I was less than pleased. We had to get out of the bus, detach the trailer and call a tow company. After it was all said and done, you should have seen the pile of mud that was left at the local car wash! Needless to say we are never allowed to visit the city of Lawton, Oklahoma again!

One of the things that I remember the most about that experience was how thick the mud was. In order to walk, you had to pick your knees up literally to your waist just to move a step. Sometimes our walk with God is that way. I remember watching the cars drive by on the road as we were stuck in the mud saying, “must be nice.” So often we find ourselves in ruts when it comes to our walk with God. We see others around us flying by with seemingly little trouble and here we are knee deep in a mess. All of us experience those times in our life. What separates many is the ability to plod through the mud. If you don’t plod through the mud, you are never going to get out of it. Getting the bus out of that mud took a lot of effort! And sometimes, getting out of a spiritual rut that we are in takes a lot of effort as well. Stop looking at the people that have it easier than you and start picking your knees up and plodding through your circumstance. The only way to make it out is to put one foot in front of the other and continue pursuing God. God doesn’t care if we are sprinting, crawling, walking or plodding. He just wants us to pursue him. Keep plodding and take it from me, if you are ever in Oklahoma and don’t know where you are going, stop and ask for directions. Otherwise you may be knee deep in some serious mud.

With Expectancy!


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