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Slippery Slope

WRITTEN BY Melissa Jansen 

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“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

I have always related to David more than any other Bible character for a variety of reasons, and this particular psalm is one that is dear to my heart. In my life, God lifted me up and rescued me from a dangerous self-destructive hole; it was a slippery slope that led to hell. Gratefully, after a night of darkness, He showed me in a mirror who I was and who I didn’t want to be anymore. From that day forward, He set me free, became my rock of salvation, and firmly directed the steps of my future.

On a work-related retreat about 15 years ago, I was part of a “blind walk” exercise, where each person was blindfolded while holding onto a rope, and we weren’t allowed to touch the person in front of or behind us. During that walk, I began to get twisted up around a tree, and bumped into people who I didn’t know. Finally, as I was falling down a slope, the guide gently took my arm and helped me back onto the path. Afterward, we had to journal our thoughts about the exercise and I sobbed, remembering the slope I was on before the Lord came and saved me, about the wrong people I tangled with, and finally how he led me on the right path.

I, like David, was lifted out of the slimy pit and given a firm place to stand. How amazing!

Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me so much that You sacrificed Yourself for me and rescued me from the pit of hell. Though I have had bumps in the road and falls since then, I am grateful that You always pick me back up and redirect me.

Take Action

Take a blindfold walk with a friend. Note the things that make you fearful and the things that make you grateful. Journal to the Lord about the things for which you were once blind about, and the ways in which He has mercifully shown you the right path.

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