Thursday, May 25, 2023

Are You Stuck?


By: Donna Bucher

Staring out the window feeling uninspired, it occurred to me, sometimes life can feel sluggish; like plodding along in a tedious way day after day. Though we may indeed have a full schedule or calendar of events, a touch of monotony creeps in and we feel "stuck".


Lately, I felt on more than one occasion like crying out to God; "stuck", in the hope He would extricate me from difficult, unending circumstances. I realize God leads through difficult valleys for many reasons and all His reasons work together to conform me to the image of Christ.

But we can also feel "stuck" on a plodding path when God is preparing us for a work and our impatience feeds our discontent with the "now" in our desire to get to the future.


Whatever the reason, if you feel like you're "stuck" today, plodding along a difficult path for more days, weeks, or even years than you ever thought possible, I want to give you some encouragement!

No matter how tedious or purposeless your path seems, God is in every detail, and walks that very path with you.


Purpose in the Plodding

Though life's mundane tasks and paths can seem purposeless, from God's point of view, they are a treasure house of purpose. The Bible holds stories of those who plodded along in relative obscurity day after day before stepping into God's full purpose for them.

Consider Moses who spent 40 years in the desert before leading the people of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, after pending time in Pharoah’s courts.

Moses needed the education he received in Pharoah's house to write the Pentateuch, his military and leadership training learned there was indispensable in the exodus. Not to mention the skills he learned as a shepherd, which surely schooled him in patience and prepared him to lead God's people.


"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."

Romans 15:4



Perspective in the Plodding

God does not delight in our pain, nor does He deliberately leave us toiling in vain. At the same time, God is never in a hurry; God's purposes are "the long game".

God took over 40 years preparing Moses for His purposes. For Moses it may have seemed an eternity of mundane existence, but plodding along one step at a time, Moses learned: 

Dependence on God, not himself.

He grew in his knowledge of God and how God viewed things.

He learned patience and obedience while becoming wiser, more compassionate and loving.


The slow plodding? It was a transformation, not a hopeless waste of time.

If we focus on what we expect from our efforts as the only goal at the end of the tedious path, it feels purposeless.

If, however, our vision and goal is simply walking with God on the plodding path, it becomes life giving. We are not driven by the outcome of what we want because the goal is walking with God, not getting to the end.


"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise."

Hebrews 10:35-36


Ponder in the Plodding

Remember God has a purpose for your plodding; He is preparing you for the next season you will walk through. He is continually working all things for your good and for His glory as He walks with you on the sometimes mundane path. Though you cannot always see His plans, know He is strengthening you, using everything you encounter as He did for Moses, and so many others.

When you walk the plodding path with God, you have time for breathing, listening, and enjoying the beauty of His presence because you are not in a hurry to get to your expected outcome.


Ask God to open your eyes to ways He is transforming you for His purposes. Glance backward and see how far you have come, regardless of how many more steps are in front of you.


Notice the fruit of the Spirit more prevalent in your life and your heart more tuned to God's will and ways.

Ultimately clinging to God's goodness and grace even though you may not be able to see them right now.


In what ways do you feel stuck today?

How can you better accept the hard path and see God's goodness in it?

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  1. These words, "however, our vision and goal is simply walking with God on the plodding path, it becomes life giving. We are not driven by the outcome of what we want because the goal is walking with God, not getting to the end."... they are the reminder that I needed today. Thank you, my sweet friend.

  2. I so appreciated your words as I read them this morning. I feel like I am walking laboriously and slowly due to back pain. The challenges do lie before me. The Lord has continuously reminded me this week to keep clinging to His goodness and grace. Your post was the beautiful encouragement I needed! Thank you, thank you!


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