Word Up Wednesday: On Being Stuck / by Donna Olivia Owusu-Ansah

“Be still, and know that I am God!”
— Psalm 46:10am

There are times in life when we feel stuck. 

Boxed in.

Reached a dead end.

Going nowhere fast.

In a rut.

Left in a lurch.

Painted into a corner.

And in between a rock and a hard place.

And not just stuck as though we’re between a rock and a hard place, but stuck as in we’ll never move again.

We feel stuck in our relationships, stuck in our careers, stuck in our finances, stuck in our spiritual lives, stuck in our thinking and stuck in life in general. Being stuck can feel hopeless. And I don’t know about you, but when I feel stuck, I tend to try to wiggle, squirm, shake, turn, twist, writhe my way out. And all that movement doesn’t get me unstuck as much as it leaves me exhausted. I’m moving with relative ease now, but I can recall several instances when I felt stuck as though I was never going to move. Ever. Most recently, I felt stuck after Big Girl was born and I felt like I was never going to preach or teach again. I tried my hardest to make opportunities happen to no avail. I was hopeless and exhausted; What a terrible combination.

Dear readers, in seasons of stuckness, I invite us to remember God and to trust the God of our salvation. In seasons of stuckness, I invites us to remember that in Christ there is always hope. In Christ, death is defeated and a two-ton stone is able to be rolled away. In Christ, there are times when we may be stuck, but even that is temporary…you will be unstuck and move with ease once again.

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So what to do? For me, the answer lies in the words of the Psalmist, “Be still, and know that I am God!" If we are still, God will move heaven and earth to unstick us. And if God doesn’t move heaven and earth to unstick us, God will reach His hand down to lift us from our stuck places. And if God doesn’t reach His hand down to lift us, God will saturate us with wisdom and power to move strategically so we can be unstuck. Whatever God does, the truth is that God has not brought you (or me) this far to leave us!