Yesterday I was musing on the grand prix, re-tyring and pit stops…
Pit: ‘A hole in the ground’.
I remember Bible stories: Joseph and Jeremiah thrown into a pit and left abandoned.
Animals used to fight in pits… Dogs trained to fight in pits were pit-bull terriers; cock-fighting took place in pits – hence the restricted pilot compartment in an aircraft is the cockpit…
Many of us find ourselves in a pit at some time in our lives. It’s a dark and lonely place; there’s Joseph’s abandonment or the animals’ impending fight to the death. There’s no apparent relief or escape.
For some its caused by a broken relationship, bereavement, addiction, bankruptcy, depression, broken promises…
I recall the difference between sympathy and empathy: Sympathy sees someone in a pit; she stands at the top of the pit and feel sorry for their darkness and loneliness. Empathy sees someone in a pit; she gets into the pit and shares their darkness and loneliness…
In our pit we need that empathy… a pit-sharer.
For every pit there is an exit. Sometimes we just need to find it.
Last week my friend Cat wrote:
‘I have been clean from a chronic addiction to heroin for over 13 years. In these past few years, many of the people I associated with, had friendships with and used drugs with have died, young, too young. Many of them have died under horrific circumstances; murdered, overdosed, suicide. That could so easily have been me. My sobriety and recovery are a gift, a privilege, that many people never receive.’
Sadly some of Cat’s friends didn’t find their pit-exit…
Musing… David wrote of his God: ‘He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, and set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand…’ (Psalm 40:2)
David and Cat found the exit with their God, climbing from the slimy pit to the firm rock…
3 thoughts on “The Deep Dark Pit…”
Thanks. I know it’s a place I’ve been before, but it’s a place I often return
Very thought provoking and hard hitting and true..