Stuck in the Mud

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a blog written by Jordan Berta

Growing up there was a farm near my house. So one day a couple years ago, I decided to go for a drive through this farm to explore what back there. After exploring it turns out that there was no exit at the back of the farm so I would have to turn around to leave. That’s where the trouble started. There wasn’t enough room on this one way road for me to turn around so I did the next logical thing; make a u-turn in the field. But the car stopped moving. I was stuck in the mud.

This is the moment where having a CAA membership comes in handy. Or so I thought. Turns out that they do not help people on private property. Ok now I’m really stuck, both literally and figuratively. Who can help me now?

Have you ever had a moment when you felt stuck? Where it seemed like no matter how much you try to accelerate that your tires are spinning in the mud.

Luke 15 talks about another person that was stuck in the mud, the prodigal son. After receiving his inheritance early he decided to leave home.

My guess is that he figured that his money wouldn’t run out or perhaps he didn’t notice the cash slipping through his hands. Either way there was a moment that he realized he was stuck and needed help. Luke 15:17-18a states that “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father…”

In my case, I was friends with the farmer and so I walked over to his house and told him what happened. He very quickly was able to pull my car out of the mud. For the prodigal son, his father was waiting for his child to come home and celebrated when that time came.

I have found in my years following Jesus that He is willing and ready to help me in times of trouble but I have to ask for that help. My challenge for everyone reading this today is to call out to Jesus in your times of need and ask for His help to pull you out of the mud.

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