Muddy Pits and Firm Rocks

‘He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.’ Psalm 40:2

Musing… muddy pits and firm rocks…

Discussion about the Tory leadership continues. Muddy lies and scandals… Our own MP, Peter Aldous, critical of Boris Johnson, is now concerned about the investigation looking into claims that the PM has misled parliament… Muddy pit leadership?

Yesterday Ross Hendry, CEO of CARE said: ‘In times like this we long for leaders who are people of integrity and godly character; people with a vision that inspire hope. I want all our national leaders – not just the Prime Minster – to represent the best of us.’ Firm rock leadership?

I’m reading the autobiography of singer Will Young. He describes the shame, embarrassment and terror he felt as a child realising he was gay. It was ‘the ultimate defectiveness, the ultimate disability, the ultimate crime.’ It was a muddy pit.

He describes coming to terms with himself, his public ‘coming out’, his acceptance by friends and family… coming to a place where his own ‘inner and outer worlds merged and flourished… I am at peace with my sexuality.’ The place of firm rock.

I think of friends…

…. moving from muddy pits of addictions and hopelessness, to the firm rock of being clean…

…leaving muddy pits of guilt, fear, sickness and bereavement, to firm rocks of acceptance, inner healing and hope…

He lifted me out of the slimy pit… he set my feet on  a rock…  It’s David’s God who lifts him from the muddy put to the firm rock…

When I’m in a muddy pit I can think of nothing else. It’s just me, mud, mess and a pit that I can’t escape from. I believe in and have experienced a God who lift me out of my pit to a place of rock-solid security where I can see and enjoy a beautiful world.

2 thoughts on “Muddy Pits and Firm Rocks

  1. Very good Malcolm. And “When I was lost” is one of my favourite songs.
    Back in John Smith’s day, when I first accidentally got involved with projection with the acetate sheets and overhead projector, this was always a tricky one to do: as you know the bridge (“Many are the wonders…”) comes immediately after the preceding words without even a pause for breath, but the way the acetates were printed the bridge was on the second acetate, and so the cardboard frames had in big letters “Warning; Quick Change” or something along those lines, because we had to whip off sheet 1 and put on sheet 2 very promptly! It’s a bit easier now with computerised projection, but we still need to be alert.


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