Getting stuck is no fun! I mean getting literally stuck in the mud is no fun all!
One Sunday afternoon I was leaving the little white country church, nestled in the pines, that my dad Pastored in Alabama. I was driving my ugly green 1972 Chevrolet Impala my dad gave me after graduation. My sister was the only other passenger.
We were the last ones to leave the church that Sunday and for some reason I decided to drive around the back of the church. It had rained the day before and the ground was still soggy…so guess what happened? My car got stuck!
This was before cell phones were invented and there we were in the country, stuck behind the church where no one could see us. I was angry at myself for doing such a stupid thing. What was I going to do?
I settled myself down and thought for awhile…then it came to me. Walk up the highway a few miles to the little country store and see if the nice little lady who owned it would let me use the phone to call my dad. Maybe he would drive the several miles back to rescue me and my sister. That was it! I say maybe because I knew he wouldn’t be happy about it.
He did drive back and help us get unstuck, but not without a lecture the whole time about how foolish I was. I already knew that and felt ashamed, but that’s a whole other story.
Have you ever felt stuck?
Most of us have at some time or another. It’s been over 40 years since the incident I just shared has happened and I’m feeling stuck in some circumstances right now in my life.
I hate that feeling! There seems to be no way out…believe me, I’ve looked for a way and I can see no escape from the frustration I feel at being stuck, other than through Jesus Christ. That’s why I spend time in prayer and in His Word. I know He only is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He also said He’d make a way of escape and that’s why I share this verse of scripture in I Corinthians.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. I Corinthians 10:13 KJV
No, being stuck is no fun!
On another Sunday over 2,000 years ago, there was a woman who was also stuck.
In Luke, chapter 13, verses 10-17, Luke, the Physician, shares about this woman and her seemingly hopeless plight.
As Jesus was teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath, He notices a woman all bent over and she could not raise herself up. She had been in this condition for 18 long years. It’s interesting to note that in verse 11, its says she had “a spirit of infirmity.” It was a “spirit” that had somehow attached itself to her causing this affliction.
She was stuck in this position and could not help herself. Sound familiar?
Are you stuck in a position and cannot help yourself?
Some of us are just like the woman in the Bible with the ‘spirit’ of infirmity and cannot raise ourselves up. We need Jesus who was raised from the dead to raise us up also.
The Bible doesn’t say she came to Jesus…it says Jesus saw her. He saw her condition of hopelessness and He had compassion on her.
Jesus sees you.
He sees you right now, right where you are.
Jesus noticed her in the crowd that day. He picked her out and called her to come to Him.
You can read the account of what happened in Luke 13:10-17.
He’s calling you to come to Him. Come just as you are…weak, broken and bowed over, unable to lift yourself up. He will lift you up!
He said to her in verse 12: “Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.”
Her disability had become who she was. It was her identification. She could not loose herself from it, but Jesus did. He set her free. He will do the same for you and me if we come to Him.
He laid His hands on her and immediately her back became straight and she stood up strong and tall. She had a whole new perspective on life. She could see people’s faces instead of looking at the ground everywhere she went.
Jesus will change your perspective. He will give you a whole new identity in Him.. No longer will you be bound by drugs, prescription medications, grief, betrayal, anger, pornography, food addictions, people approval, sickness or disease…you will become a new creature in Christ, the anointed one!
He makes the crooked, straight.
The ruler of the synagogue was angry because He healed her on the Sabbath. That’s pure legalism. If the ruler had been in the woman’s position and Jesus healed him, I doubt he would have been angry. He would have been glad too. She glorified God and gave Him praise.
Jesus reminded him they would loose an ox or a dumb donkey from the stall and shouldn’t this woman a daughter of Abraham and much more important than a dumb animal be set free. He called the ruler a hypocrite, because that’s exactly what legalistic people are…they are hypocrites. They seem real, but they are phonies. Jesus knew his heart. Religion is man made. It stinks in the nostrils of Almighty God. It stinks in mine too.
The woman was bound physically, the ruler was bound spiritually.
There are many in today’s world just like the ruler. They too, are bound spiritually.
Environmentalist and PETA will fight for environmental rights and animal rights, but will not raise their voices or a penny for the unborn who have no voice and are being slaughtered everyday!
Now, I think we should protect the environment and animals, but not at the expense of the unborn. Humans are more valuable than the environment or animals. They have a soul and they are made in the image and likeness of their Creator…Father God.
Be encouraged…your position is about to change! Jesus sees you and He’s calling you. Come to Him just as your are and let Him lift you up.
Have you been delivered from a seemingly, hopeless situation? How has Jesus changed your perspective?