When You’re Thrown Into a Pit
Ok, is it me or does it seem like this book is hitting some things right on the head? I have received SO many emails and comments from chicks all over the globe who are participating with us in this Book Study and the overwhelming consensus is that “I really need this book right now!”
I wanted to hit a few “highlighter” items in the book before we dive into the Personal Application section.
Check out on page #27 where it says, “Make no mistake. A pit offers ready residence to the rich and poor alike. Pain couldn’t care less about your social status. All bleed when they’re cut…unless they’re finally bled out.” OUCH!!
Oh, and on page #29 she says, “Of all three ways to get into a pit, getting thrown in – not by something but by someone – can be the most complicated to deal with emotionally and spiritually.”
And this one is more personal to me (I think because I can relate to this one SO much and so recently) on page #30, “What about times when a person has been used by the enemy to throw us in a pit, and he or she remains close by, lives on as if nothing has ever happened (eating, working, playing, going to church, etc.), sees our distress and anguish, but will not hear us?”
But…the redeeming highlighter moment happened at the end of the chapter on page #47 when she said, “Beloved, let this one sink in deeply: if God allowed you to be thrown into a pit, you weren’t picked on; you were picked out. (Raising hands and screaming AMEN!!! ~Melissa) God entrusted that suffering to you because He has faith in you. Live up to it. All the way up.” (Can I hear a mighty amen sisters? Is that powerful or what?)
Now let’s dig in to the Personal Application
(This is where you come in…your comments, thoughts, and concerns will be needed for these questions. I will post the thoughts and ideas from the LIVE! Group session and am looking forward to hearing from YOU!)
1) If someone has thrown you into a pit of innocence, where are you now, in terms of getting out and finding that “firm place to stand” that psalmist talked about? Stuck in the mud and mire? Working your way out? Standing on a rock?
– I am working my way out (she says while she dances around in her chair)
2) Have you ever felt “comfortable” living in a pit? If so, why was this true for you at the time?
– You know what’s down there
3) Has the “willingness” and “power” of forgiveness ever been something you have experienced? If so, describe the circumstances and the outcome.
– not really but I want to
– I’ve made mistakes in my parenting of my son, but he has thrown me into a pit innocently.
5) “Your wealth of experience makes you rich. Spend it on people.” How might God use your own suffering to help or heal others?
– Divorce of my parents, moving to this country when I was16…this was a huge growth process for me. But it has also shaped me to be the woman I am today.