During High School one summer I had a job on a ranch. And it wasn’t a cool ranch job. I wasn’t riding a horse and rounding up the cattle… there were those guys on the ranch it just wasn’t me. Me and a couple of other guys where responsible to cut down all the musk thistles that were growing all over the place. It was a BORING job, and since we were usually all by ourselves and miles away from the boss we would have to do things from time to time to break up the monotony. So when it rained the night before we would usually take a little detour and do a little mudding in the truck before cutting down the weeds. The plan was in place, we were even going to wash the pick-up. You know destroy the evidence. However, it is a little difficult to wash mud off of a pick-up when you get it stuck.
And it isn’t fun when you have to make the shameful call and ask the boss for help. He asked where we were and wasn’t super happy when he found out that we were miles away from where we were supposed to be.
And sometimes that happens in life. We veer off course and get ourselves in trouble. The mud is thick and we get stuck. We know whose falt it is and so all we can do is beg for forgiveness.
But what happens when you are exactly where you are supposed to be and get stuck in the mud.
Jeremiah was a mighty man of God, full of courage and integrity. He spoke the Word of God with authority. He was God’s mouthpiece to a backslidden nation. Jeremiah was exactly where he was supposed to be, but when the king didn’t like what Jeremiah had to say he gave his men the green light to deal with Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 38:6 So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, buy only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.
That hardly seems fair! Jeremiah was faithfully serving God and ends up stuck in the mud. If you read the rest of the story it has a happy ending, at least it does for Jeremiah. But I can’t help but wonder what he must have been thinking down in the pit stuck in the mud.
Probably the same things that you think when you find yourself doing everything you are supposed to do and get stuck in the mud of life. “God where are you? Have you forgotten about me? Is there sin in my life that I am not aware of? What did I do to deserve this? I’m probably gonna die here alone and dirty?”
Some times you go where you aren’t supposed to be and find the mud. Sometimes God leads you to the mud… just remember if God leads you to the mud he will lead you through the mud.
So next time you find yourself stuck in a mud pit that God placed in your path, don’t get to upset. In fact, rub a little mud on your face, put a couple of cucumber slices on your eyes and wait on the Lord.