Seventeenth Day of Lent

Psalm 40

I think we all know what it's like to be "in the pit", as David calls it—whether that be an experience of loss, illness, or hurt. It’s in those times where we encounter intense darkness, profound loneliness, and we may start to lose hope.

In Psalm 40, David describes how God rescued him from one such pit and set his feet on solid ground again. In the past, I read this as God coming though and rescuing us from our circumstances, be that miraculous healing from illness, a restored relationship that seemed impossible, or an outrageous gift in time of need. But then I found myself in the deepest, darkest pit I’d known in my thirty-five years of life. I was looking death in the face. God didn't rescue me like I thought He would. Oh, I had faith that He could and I waited and waited like David.  However, my circumstances didn't change. 

I did. You see, through my waiting and calling out to God, I realized that while I thought I was in the pit of death, I was really in the pit of fear, disbelief, and self sufficiency. I had been in those pits long before I got deathly ill; I just hadn't noticed the quick sand under my feet before. Our pit experiences have a way of changing our perspectives. In the middle of my difficulty, He regularly reminded me that He had already conquered death and gave me the sweetest peace and joy I have ever known. One day at a time, one moment at a time, He helped me out of some of those places I had been stuck in for years. 

Friends, if you have a story of great rescue where God changed your circumstances and made things right again, share it boldly, like David—with anyone who will listen! Perhaps you have been calling out to God and your circumstances haven't changed or maybe even seem to be getting worse. Our God is still good! He has promised us His unexplainable peace (Phil 4:6-7) and unimaginable joy (John 15:11). Remind yourself of His promises and His faithfulness. Thank Him for His presence with you in the pit. Then hold on and watch for His deliverance in ways you never expected, one moment at a time. This too is a transforming story of deliverance worth telling!

Darlene Wall
Calgary, AB