Friday, March 02, 2012

Temporary Pit People

I dread the pits. It’s nearly impossible to see anything at all good in the pits, especially at first. Besides my own pit experiences, I think of Joseph, whose brothers threw him into one, and dragged him out only to sell him into slavery. I think of Daniel, Elijah, Paul, David, Naomi and Jonah, to say nothing of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and lots of others. Except for Jesus, I’ll wager that not many of them thought, “And this is for the glory of God.” But that’s how their pit days worked out.

Most of us don’t think of ourselves as being in the same league with those people because they made it into the Bible. They’re in God’s show! But I’m convinced that God is orchestrating His show in our day too, and that it includes you, God’s leading man or woman. . .along with a whole bunch of other leading men and women. Even me.

Jesus is pretty good at getting out of deep and dark places—the pit won’t last or win. But because He is in there too, you will.

P.S. I know the pits quite well. Frankly, He has met me there better than most anywhere else—at least as far as I'm concerned. I'll help you in yours if you'll help me in mine. Deal?


  1. Sally Lawrence10:27 PM

    Imagine if we all made that deal with even just one person?!

  2. Charlie Pendergrass10:28 PM

    Ralph, We can be pit buddies anytime. The whole "count it all joy" is still a hard one in the middle of it even knowing the outcome will be glorious.

  3. Janice Armstrong10:28 PM

    Ralph, sometimes your timing (obedience) just blows me away. People were commenting so positively on your post yesterday and all I could think of saying is "I am in the pit!!!" Thank you, thank you, for reminding me that Jesus is in here with me and He has a plan.

  4. Pit buddies! It's my new term and offer. "Making buddies, one pit at a time."
    And thank you, Janice.

  5. Terry Phillips10:29 PM

    As a member in good standing of the "Pits", I realize that you can only come out when someone gets in there to help. Thanks. Ralph.

  6. Rich Novek10:30 PM

    The pit symbolizes "the activity of darkness" but I have Good News! The Light of the World, the Living and active Eternal One, is brighter, much brighter than the darkness of any temporal pit!