Oh my word…let’s call the kettle black ladies. Is it me, or did almost every single one of us have a moment this week when we were like, “Well hello missy, that is ME!”? Yikes!
According to Beth on page 71, “You can jump in. That’s the third and final way you can land in a pit.”…”Yep, at some point in our lives we’ve been thrown into a pit. At another, we slipped into a pit. And at still another we hauled off, aimed, and jumped square into the bull’s eye of a pit.”
Look what I found on page 76, “God in His tender mercy gives us plenty of warnings enabling us to avoid pits, but the problem with us pit-jumpers is that we don’t want (say it with me now…I don’t want to!!! with your best pout on your face, Melissa) to hear those warnings. We want what we want. So we stick our fingers in our ears before we jump in. What on earth drives us to do such a thing? Of all the ways into the pit, jumping in is by far the most dangerous and the most supremely- oh, that I had an even stronger word!-consequential. You see, motive is huge to God!”
YIKES!!! Did we really just say, “we don’t want to” to God? Um, yep, I think we did.
Ok, seriously now…did you guys want to practically highlight the whole chapter?
On page 85, oh man, I love this one…, “You can mark this one down any time and every time: God’s “no” is a quick shove away from a pit. The sooner the shove, the better.”
She ends the chapter on page 88 with this simple sentence…”Walk away from that pit before it’s the death of you.” Those are some strong yet important words!!!
Let’s dig into the Personal Application Questions and see what we can come up with:
1) “We are so perfectly fitted for passion that we will find it one way or another. If we don’t find it in Christ, we’ll find it in things like lust, anger, rage, and greed.” How have you seen this truth displayed in your own like or those you know?
2) Each of use will ultimately do what we want to do. Christ asks, “What do you want, Child?” How will you answer that question?
3) The psalmist said, “I delight to do YOUR will, O my God: Your law is within my heart” (Psalms 40:8 NASB). On a continuum between “not at all” to “yes, I’m there,” how true is this for you today?
4) A Barbie doll with one foot gnawed off provided a poignant image for Beth’s spiritual condition. What image would you use to describe your spiritual status as you think about your own propensity toward pit jumping?
5) Why is God wise to never let you forget the excoriating pain of where you’ve been?