“Who can survive on a thousand dollars a month?” I thought to myself. What is it I think I can accomplish out here in the world when I’ve just set myself up to fail? Those are the doubts. Those are the fears that often greet me when I arise in a morning and haven’t quite figured out where the solid ground might be…where to set my feet. Of course, right after those thoughts, I’m greeted with the realization that other women my age have done so much better, have built nest eggs, have married well, have managed to put it all together, so what was I thinking? Why am I always sitting somewhere between a Rock and a Hard Place?
Perhaps it’s ill-advised to even admit this here on a site where I hope to encourage you and a place where I want you to gain a new perspective that might offer a tiny bit more light into your lives too. Oh my…and that’s it, isn’t it? You see, now my spirit reminds me that I am exactly where I should be. I’m between a Rock and a Hard Place and the good news is that my Rock is so solid I have nothing to concern myself with. Jesus bought me lock, stock, and barrel so that I would always have a place to stand. Now I’m thinking it’s good to be between Jesus and whatever else the world might bring, because truth be told nearly everyone is in a hard place in one way or another. It may not be financial, it may not be health, it may not be relationship, but it’s a hard place as they face something that feels like they are all alone. If they don’t have a rock, the Rock, on one side to keep them safe, I’m not sure what they really do about that.
I know for me that I have to stand firm and trust and believe that being here doesn’t invite fear. It invites faith. It invites the opportunity for me to grow stronger and to be compassionate to others and to understand that life happens and unfolds for all of us in ways that are not always under our control, not always clear, but they are always in the sight of the One who is totally in control.
So today I’m going with Isaiah who woke up one morning, set his feet on the ground and said, “So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. Isaiah 26:4
Okay, so I’m rethinking…it’s a new day…it’s a new opportunity to set my feet on Higher Ground and my heart in the direction of the Son…it’s a great day to be right where I am. Yes, between a Rock and a hard place isn’t really so bad!