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Pits Happen

So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing—and they took him and threw him into the cistern.  Genesis 37:23–24 NIV

pits happenPits happen. Every day. To everyone. Even to God’s children. Our landscapes are often pock-marked with pits of varying shapes, sizes, and depths.

I have experienced a myriad of pits: emotional abuse, flunking out of college, a miscarriage, a rebellious child, and being disinherited. When I first found myself in a pit, my initial instinct was to climb and claw my way out, which only resulted in bringing down dirt and debris upon myself, making the journey out that much messier.

In these pits, I can relate to Joseph, who found himself in several literal and figurative pits.

Literal and figurative pits—struggles and trials of various kinds—share similar characteristics. Both are deep, dark, confining, lonely, and downright scary places.

Through Joseph’s experience, though, I’ve learned to cease struggling and instead cry out to God from deep within the pit. I’ve also learned to wait patiently for God’s deliverance in this quiet captivity. No amount of clawing or climbing will bring my deliverance any quicker. Deliverance will come but only in His time.

Also, I enjoy intimate, unadulterated fellowship with God while in a pit. Because of the quiet confinement, I am more apt to hear His whispered words of comfort and peace.

Crying out to God for strength while you wait patiently for Him to deliver you is a principle you, too, can practice. And once practiced, you will see for yourself that you can not only survive but actually thrive while in the pit.

What are some ways you can respond differently while in your pits?

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Denise Kohlmeyer

Denise Kohlmeyer is a former journalist and freelance writer, having been published in Christianity Today and Today’s Christian Living magazines. She has also co-authored two books in the Clues for the Clueless series. She lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband, Dave, and their three children: Jocelyn, Jessica, and Daniel. You can follow her on Facebook. She is a regular contributor to Blogos.org.