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Deep Hole of Despair! Will Your Faith Float? Part 2

Through courage and strength that can only come from God you trust Him.

The water keeps pouring in, it gets higher but at the same time it gets darker. You continue the process that has kept you alive; pray, take a breath, sink to the bottom, then resurface, tread water, repeat.

Now it is night. The hole is pitch black. You cannot see anything. The water, which has been raising to the top of the hole, stops. No more rain, your body stops rising. Fear then explodes inside. You scramble to save yourself. Clawing at each side of the hole all you find is dirt. Despair again! You think back to your first decision when it would have been easier to just die. Now you have exhausted yourself more, for what?

You pray again, your voice has returned so you call out for help.

You hear no reply.

How can this be? “I have given all I can and still I am stuck in this hole with no way out.”

Thoughts of failure fill your mind. The weariness of your body takes over. There seems to be no way to continue fighting. This appears to be God’s plan after all.

You sink one last time not sure that you will make it back up. You look up from beneath the water. The dawn of the morning glows across the sky. In the midst of seeing your last sun light, an object catches your attention. Feeling defeated, you had not pushed yourself to the bottom hard enough as before. The momentum you had used in all the times prior to make back to the surface is not the same. This time you struggle to make it back up, water starts to fill your lungs. It feels that you do not have enough to make it. But your body feels lighter and you rigorously move your arms to reach the top. Gasping and choking on water you make it. Then you reach for the object. Your hand grabs it, then your other. It is a thick root! That was probably always there, but due to your depth and darkness never saw it.

You hold tightly to that root as you use your legs to start climbing the muddy wall. With the light of the morning you can tell you are about a full body’s length from the top. Continually you pull yourself up one step at a time. As you reach the top the root stops. You try to dig but you do not have strength. You are so close. Your arms can reach out over the rim of the hole. But the root no longer can help you. Your body starts to collapse from exhaustion.

If you do not act quickly you fall back to the water and most likely death. In a final attempt you thrust an arm over the edge of the hole and your hand grabs onto a large object. What only can be described as the strength of God you reach your other arm out of the hole grabbing the large object. Now using the root as a foot hold you leverage to push the rest of your body out of the hole.

You are out! But too tired to celebrate you just fall to the ground. Laying on your back you stare at the sky. It has never looked so beautiful. Collecting yourself, the surroundings come into focus. Just wheat fields for miles, no sign of life not even a bird. Looking back at the hole that almost became your grave, that object that helped you escape stands three feet tall. It’s a bright yellow stake. Without paying attention there would be no way to see the hole. That seems to be its purpose. But you were so consumed by your world, you did not notice and tripped over the stake causing you to fall into the hole.

Yet through the struggle, almost losing your life you learned something from that hole. Something that you will carry the rest of your life. What seemed as God not answering your prayers, leaving you abandoned in a hole, then pouring water on you in your time of need. Turning off the lights when you needed to see. Not giving you enough to make it out. But in reality, He always gave you just enough. To get water and nourishment you needed. To float you enough even when you could not see. Numb your body to weather the storm. Provide the root at the last possible moment even though it always was there just not seen. Then use the very thing that had meant to warn you about the hole, actually saved you.

Your confidence and faith in God is at an indestructible level now because of the hole you made it out of. Where are you today? We all will experience that hole many times in our lives. Will we accept all of God’s grace and let our faith float us?

You have the choice!

6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

Ephesians 2:6-8

Walking in His grace and truth,
Eric

I write this to make my joy complete!

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