13th December 2012

Stuck In The Mud

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

Some while ago the message at church centred around being ready for situations we may suddenly come across, and how we must be ready to act accordingly and to rely on God to give us the help we would need.  The next day I was at a very large outside sale of electronic equipment with a car and trailer full of stuff to sell, and the words of the sermon still ringing in my ears.  I had taken a friend to help lift the heavy stuff, as I was  recovering from surgery to a hernia a couple of weeks before.

Towards the end of the morning I wandered over to the entrance of the field where there was a tea and coffee caravan.  It had rained all the previous week and the ground was extremely soft.  To get out of the field required driving up a muddy slope, and a large heavily laden van was attempting to do just that.  The driver hadn’t taken a run at it and got bogged down.  A crowd formed and the people were all calling out and laughing, and some were shouting unprintable expletives.  The driver tried sacks under the wheels, and then a sheet of ply, but the van sank to its axles.

I felt so angry (righteous, I hope) that I left the coffee queue and went to the crowd and called out to them that if they all went over and pushed, instead of mocking, we could get him out.  I strode to the back of the van and put my hand on it, not intending to push too hard because of my surgery, but thinking my example would cause all the others to follow suit.  In fact, nobody moved, but all turned to stare at me. I thought, I could soon look very silly when it didn’t move.  I pushed, the driver revved, the van lifted itself right up out of the mud and drove straight out.  The crowd looked at me with a look of hushed awe, but in fact I had done very little, I know where the help came from.  I walked away having experienced how God can give us all the help we need if we just step out and do the right thing.

Please help us to do what we know is right, even if it means risking looking silly.

Study by Peter Beardsmore

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One Response to “13th December 2012”

  1. Hilary Buck on December 13th, 2012 9:50 am

    Loved it! It made me laugh and put a smile on my face to tackle the day.Thanks for sharing your experience.

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