Life Is The Pits

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

Genesis 50:20

Have you ever felt like you were in a pit and you can’t seem to get out?  The story of Joseph’s life starting in Genesis 37 is proof there is life after the pit! He came to know what I pray you know as well if you ever find yourself in a deep dark hole. In Jospeh’s case his brothers put him there. Maybe you fell into the hole all on your own? It really makes no difference how you got there. What matters most is God wants to get you out! Remember this, what the devil means for evil God can turn for good in your life! The key is to trust God and continue to walk by faith or in the case of the mule in the story below, stomp by faith. In any case, shake off the dirt and keep going!

The story goes like this, “One day a farmer's old mule fell into an empty well. The farmer was disappointed because it was a good mule, but he concluded that the mule couldn't be rescued, since the well was too narrow and too deep to retrieve the animal. He decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth saving, and his only option was to fill the well in with dirt. The farmer grabbed a shovel and began to fill the well with dirt, one shovel full at a time. It turns out that the animal wasn't as close to dead as the farmer had guessed. The old mule when he felt that first pile of dirt hit his back, he instinctively shook it off and stomped on it. As another pile landed on him and he shook it off and stomped it. This went on all afternoon with each shovel full the farmer threw: shake the dirt off, stomp it, and step a little higher, shake the dirt off, stomp it, and step a little higher. Finally, after a few hours of this, that mule had risen to a new height; he stomped so much dirt he was able to step triumphantly right out of that well.

The moral of the story is, “The dirt that others try to bury you with might just save your life if you keep shaking it off and keep stomping.”

You can rest assured that when you're down there will always be someone willing to throw a little dirt on you. Remember the mule: shake it off and stomp it; and it will help you step up. The difficulty you are facing may appear to have the power to destroy you, but by God's grace, it will actually serve the purpose of redeeming you and taking you to the next level of your faith, to higher ground. The key is to keep moving onward and upward, shaking the dirt off as you reach new heights!


"No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the Lord."


Isaiah 54:17


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Michael Osthimer

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