1 Peter 2:24-25
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
Thoughts from Pastor Brian
Behind the Scenes
If you live in Alaska, you know that the Northern Lights have been crazy good this year. Of course, I kept missing them. I would see pictures of them posted all over Facebook from my friends looking out from their own porches. I would race outside to see them, but there was just too much light pollution at my house.
So, one evening, when I saw that they were out, I decided to go drive to where I could see them. I was NOT going to miss them again. I got in my car and drove to where there were not as many streetlights. I found a great place, turned off my lights, and started enjoying. But there was just one more house to get past to get beyond the light. I started drifting slowly forward, with lights off, and eyes on the sky and…well, I drifted off the side of the road into the nice soft snow and a ditch.
Now, this was not that bad, I thought to myself. I could get out if I just rocked it back and forth and used my 4-wheel drive. You probably already know where I’m headed with this. I was STUCK. I tried some different things to get out and get traction. A nice couple even stopped to see if they could help. The problem was that I was hemmed in on one side by the bank of the ditch and the two wheels that were still on the road, were not flat on the road. No matter how much we pushed, we couldn’t budge my car. You see, there was just no traction. And since I was sitting against the bank, I couldn’t turn my wheels enough to get that traction. I WAS STUCK.
Well, I had a decision to make. I could continue to struggle pinned in and without traction, or I could call for help from someone who could give me just the right pull with the right equipment. I called a coworker who had a big truck, a tow rope, and ample experience to come and pull me out. When he arrived, he hooked up the tow rope, got back in his truck and started pulling. Within seconds I was free. He didn’t even realize he had pulled me free thinking the tow rope had come loose. See I wasn’t really stuck, I just couldn’t get traction.
Make it Real
Often times sin is like this. We are hemmed in on one side and have no traction on the other. We look to the world to push and pull with their feeble tools and still we stay stuck. Here’s the good news — we have a Shepherd, an Overseer who is just waiting for you to call Him. He already bore the weight of your sin. He already did the heavy work. You are not really stuck – you just need the right pull from the right Source.
If you’re like me at all, you need to learn this lesson over and over again. You might find yourself in the same ditch, separated from the Love of your Savior, hemmed in and without traction. You look to the wrong thing to break you free – food, love, mindless hours on social media, anything to pull you free from your ditch. But friends, these things are simply pulling you deeper. You are spinning your wheels because without Jesus, you have no traction. You will stay stuck until you reach out to One who has already paid the price for your drifting off the road.
Where do you find yourself today? What have you reached out to “save” you that is actually just digging you in deeper? Resolve with me today to reach out to the only One who can free you. Give it to Him today and praise Him for the work He has already done on your behalf.
BTW – I did end up seeing the lights that night…
End in Prayer
THANK YOU! You came to pay the price for my sin. For my separation. Thank you that you don’t want me to stay in the ditch spinning my wheels. That you want to see me free and enjoying Your abundance. Father God, help me to daily remember Who to call on when I start drifting off the road.
In the precious and Holy name of Jesus.