In my lifetime, I’ve found myself in some very awkward, and compromising positions. Situations that have left me feeling downright helpless. Like the time I wore a long, full skirt to school and a certain friend, I won’t say any names, Terry Casey, (I never said I wouldn’t type the name!) snuck up behind me, pulled the skirt up over my head, and held on for dear life! There I was, at break time no doubt, with my arms pinned up, legs kicking to beat the band, screaming when I get out of this, I’m going to kill you! I don’t know who all got a glimpse of me, and all my glory that day, and I beg of you not to tell me if you did! Here’s one thing that I do know. Being vulnerable, and stuck really sucks! Thinking back though, I’m totally glad that happened to me back then, when my body didn’t look anywhere near as bad as I thought it did, as opposed to now. Now I don’t just think! I know! ;-). Not to mention, now days, no matter how cruel age has been to me, I know how valuable I am, and that my true beauty comes from Christ in me, and not how good (or not so) I may look! Plus, it’s just another good reason not to wear skirts! You never know when a Terry Casey might be lurking! 🙂
The other day Steve stumbled up on a man who had closed his hand in the trunk of his car. I’m not sure how one closes one’s hand up in the trunk of one’s car, but this poor man had done it. He didn’t have his phone, and it’s not like he could reach in the car and get his keys, unless he was Stretch Armstrong because his hand was closed in the trunk! There he was, on the side of the road, in a very painful and awkward predicament. He was stuck. Fortunately for this man, a nice person happened to come to his rescue! That would’ve been the perfect scenario for a thief!
Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in situations that are no fault of our own, like when my skirt was pulled over my head. All I was guilty of was looking cute! Then there are times when we make careless decisions, and before we know it, we’re stuck! Like when a person rests his hand where the trunk will close, then closes the trunk with the other hand. Either way, a person is stuck! And being stuck really sucks! These are rather funny examples of being stuck. However, there are times in life when we find ourselves stuck in situations that are really bad, like maybe having to go to prison due to bad choices we’ve made. Maybe a person thinks they’ve found the love of their life, only to have that person abuse them. What about when a person gets cancer or gets a life altering injury? The question is, how do we handle things when we find ourselves in these stuck situations? Do we get mad and threaten to kill someone? Do we sit around and feel sorry for ourselves? Do we blame God for the situation in which we’ve found ourself? Or do we turn to God, pray for His will to be done, and thank Him for all the blessings He’s given us?
When I’ve found myself in compromising situations, I’ve been guilty of it all! I’ve been mad at God. I’ve blamed Him when clearly it wasn’t His fault. I’ve turned to Him and earnestly prayed when there was nothing else I could possibly do! Look, we’re human beings, we have emotions, and sometimes we’re not the smartest creatures God created! We don’t always handle every situation the way we should, but when I’m faced with scary, challenging, miracle needing situations, I want to channel my inner Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!!!!!
That story is found in Daniel chapter 3. Remember, King Nebuchadnezzar made an idol, and said that whenever the band played everyone had to bow down and worship his god. I wonder what song they played? Yeah, I know, what difference does it make. Yet still, I wonder. Anyway, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused, and of course some of the king’s men tattled on them. Needless to say King Nebby was furious! Nonetheless King Nebby gave the three amigos another chance. And needless to say, they refused to worship his worthless idol. Don’t you know King Nebby was madder than a wet hen?! The way the three amigos responded to the king blows me away! This is the attitude I want to have in difficult situations! They let King Nebby have it! They said “King Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to talk about this anymore. 17 We might be thrown into the blazing furnace. But the God we serve is able to bring us out of it alive. He will save us from your power. 18 But we want you to know this, Your Majesty. Even if we knew that our God wouldn’t save us, we still wouldn’t serve your gods. We wouldn’t worship the gold statue you set up.”
That’s good stuff y’all! Even if! Even if God were to choose not to deliver me from a difficult situation , still I want to choose to praise Him and to serve only Him! When faced with difficult situations, let’s all try and summon our inner Shadrach, Meshach and Abednegos! What say ye?