A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

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If you have never been to this amazing pile of rocks and boulders called Devil’s Den, you are missing out. This landmark witnessed the bloody battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863. In fact, that tree on the top of the hill is called a “Witness Tree.” Confederate Soldiers fell to their deaths through the crevices of these boulders. Though from the picture they do not look that large, I can assure you, they are enormous.

If one was to stand inside these crevices, no matter what direction they turned they would be faced with a solid rock wall. This is precisely what it means to be caught between a rock and a hard place or rather, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. What about the saying, “The lessor of the two evils?”  First of all, being caught between a rock and a hard place is dangerous and it could very well turn treacherous. People tend to react without thinking in these kinds of situations and that in itself can lead to very irrational behavior. Sometimes we are faced with decisions that no matter what we say or do, someone is going to be upset with us. Yet the decisions still have to made. Other times we risk the understanding of those we feel the need to defend. They don’t want our defense and we are left with the moral dilemma of not defending them when we know we should. If we are supposed to, “Love our neighbor as we love ourselves,” it is the love we feel that compells us to react. But the key word is “react.” The questions will always remain, should I or shouldn’t I?

Being caught between a rock and hard place is no place to be. Why? Because someone or something is going to suffer for it. Someone or something is going to have to be stepped on, neglected or pushed to the side. You simply cannot stay in this place for too long. You have to get out of being trapped by solid rock walls, or possibly face the chance of suffocating yourself, your dreams or something else. It truly is a horrible place to find oneself in, especially when the rock walls are so high you cannot climb out of them yourself. Maybe we just need to look up. King David did when he needed help.

“I lift my eyes to the hills, from whence does my help come. My help comes from the Lord. The maker of Heaven and earth.” Psalm 121.

So, that is what I am going to do. I am going to just look up and ask God to send me the help I need, to get out from these rocks and hard places that are capable of crushing me. I can enjoy the beauty of the boulders and crevices from a much safer place. I know God will always answer me when I cry out to Him. I know I can trust Him to rescue me. There are situations we find ourselves in that the only way out of it, is through His intervention. His mercy endures forever. I am not ashamed to cry out to Him or to admit that I am in a tight spot that I cannot escape on my own.  I am going to “be still and know that He is God.” I am going to breathe. I am going to relax. I am going to be confident in His love for me. I am going to say and trust that, “It is going to be okay.” Sometimes that is all one needs to know.

Juliana

 

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