In The Pit by Dr. Naima Johnston Bush, Founder of the Refreshing Life
I promised myself that I would never return to this place. But I look around and find myself halfway back to the start. What is it that is so broken in me that seems unable to walk in the fullness of Christ’s healing?
Yep, I’ve found that I’ve picked up quite a few pounds. I can blame it on the sudden move last year, dealing with aging puppies who have been like children to me, infertility with my own advancing age, family illness or the sudden death of three loves, or just being super busy. But that does not cut it.
The truth of the matter is that I’m a food addict. And when I take my eyes off Christ, there is trouble ahead. Addiction is a tricky thing. Just when you think you’ve conquered it, when it’s under your feet, when you’ve given it over to the Lord, you blink and find yourself deep in a pit.
Living in a pit is not ideal – seriously. You can’t see what’s going on around you because you are down so low.
You can’t go where you want to go because you don’t have the physical strength to climb the walls.
And you find yourself slipping even deeper in a hole because you keep making choices with a shovel and the dirt is piling up around your knees as you sink lower and lower.
I hate pits. I have no desire to be Joseph stuck down below waiting to sell my own self back into a slavery that I have already escaped. There really is only one solution, to get on my knees in this dark dank place and scrape a little foothold into the side of the wall. Then to take a step up and dig another little place for my hand to rest. until I find myself climbing up, up, up!
I refuse to fall all the way back down the rabbit hole, not when I have a song to sing and a God who hears and comes when I call out to Him – so I guess I’d better get to scooping and climbing.
I waited patiently for the Lord, He inclined to me and heard my cry. He lifted me up from te pit of destruction, out of the miry clay.
He set my feet upon a rock and made my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see
and fear and put their trust in the Lord.
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