A Place Firm Enough to Stand


He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:2 

My dad used to tell me that there would always be someone <brighter, more talented, more famous, more _______> than I will be.  And …. there will always be someone with less talent, less fame, less  _________> than I have.  

I've found that my depression has it's roots forming when I start to compare where I  am, where I am going, and who I am to anyone or anything else.  It is as if that measuring stick comes built in to me.

I am reminded, once again, of the book, "Hind's Feet on High Places."  (Yes, I know I refer to that book often.  For me, it just contains so many truths that have helped me along the way - that it has become an old friend.)

I am thinking of the place in the book where the main character - Much Afraid - is facing one of the most difficult paths of her journey.  She is stating at the foot of a dangerous precipice and terrified that she this is the next part of her way to the High Places.

The Chief Shepherd explains to her, in an oh-so-gentle manner, that this precipice, this challenge, is the one that has been determined will bring her to the High Places - and that others have had different precipices to face. 

I tend to forget that truth.  That God has us on individual pathways that will bring us to Him - refined in the way we most need it.

I also need to remember that people are on different places in their journey.  Some are just starting out.  Some in the fiery furnaces in their wilderness journey.  Some close to those mountain peaks that speak so strongly of their faith in Christ and the journey behind them.

I would ask you today, not to look at the journeys of those around you.  Don't compare your challenges to theirs.  Don't compare where they are on their journey to where you are.

That is fraught with pitfalls.

Just stay focused on your own next step.  In truth, that is all we have before us.  

Just as Much Afraid was sure she could not travel up that steep slope, she could do it when her focus was on the path directly ahead and her faith firm in the Chief Shepherd.

God has promised us that firm place to stand as well.

Precarious?

It may well be.

Frightening?

Quite possibly.

But firm enough to stand on? 

Unequivocally, and without doubt.

Yes.

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