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Moans from the Marianas, or Pleas from the Pit

Have you ever discovered yourself at the bottom of an emotional or spiritual pit?  When life becomes overwhelming, challenges accumulate, and disappointments meet you at every corner, the pit may appear to be a safe place.   Personally, I have sought refuge in an emotional pit to avoid further barrages from adversarial people and situations — even to hide from myself.  What have I learned?  Such pits are far from protective; they are seemingly bottomless, like the Marianas Trench (the deepest point on earth).  Invariably, the walls of the pit close in on me, and I find myself profoundly alone.

What does God say about the pit?  In Psalm 139, verses 7-12 (NKJV), we read:  


Even the Marianas Trench is not too deep for the Spirit of God.  He rescues us from our self-destructive isolation pits, our pits of self-pity and despair, our pits of hopelessness and futility.  The words of the psalmist declare:  “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.”  Psalm 40:2 (NKJV)  Jesus hears my moans in the Marianas Trench and my pleas from the pit.   He hears my self-reproach and even my silence.   He breathes His life into me and pulls me out of the places where I have become stuck; He establishes me on the Rock of His Word and directs my steps anew.  Whereas the devil’s idea of a pit stop is the darkness of despair, God’s idea of a pit stop is more like that of a race car driver — a pause that refreshes, re-tools, and re-fuels us in His Presence.


Diana Ross used to sing, “Ain’t no mountain high enough; ain’t no valley low enough; ain’t no river wide enough to keep me from you!”  The fact is, the songwriters had it backwards:   There truly ain’t no mountain high enough, or valley low enough, or river wide enough, to keep the Lord of Heaven and Earth from rescuing you and me.  No pit is beyond the reach of His Spirit, and He loves to shower us with the rain of His goodness.   Are you groaning under the weight of your sorrows?  Invite Him to touch you now, lift off the heaviness, and grant you a HOLY pit stop in exchange for your Marianas Trench!

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