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Editor’s journey


Rescued from the pit — the mosh pit

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — At a Christian concert some years ago, I found myself surrounded by hundreds of young people who were jostling to the music. We were packed in close to the stage, shoulder to shoulder, when some of the kids began hurling themselves at one another as if slam dancing in a “mosh pit.”

One kid tried to push me into the pit, but fortunately another grabbed my shirt and pulled me back before I could be run over by a 250-pound linebacker-type. I can assure you, I’ve never ventured anywhere near a mosh pit since.

Psalm 103:2-6 refers to a pit of a different kind — one dug by difficult circumstances:

“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed” (NIV).

At one time or another, we all feel like we’re living in a pit. We feel alone, forsaken and trapped. Perhaps our bank account is empty, relationships have soured, our health has waned or our job isn’t bringing fulfillment. In other words, smiles and laughter have given way to furrowed brows and frequent tears.

It’s during these dark and lonely pit experiences that the Lord reaches down and pulls us out. Thankfully He won’t let us stay in the “pit of difficult circumstances” forever. We can take comfort in knowing that He sees our tears and hears our pleas for help. As Psalm 103 promises, a day is coming when He will come to our rescue and satisfy us with “good things” so we can once again fly like an eagle — full of “love and compassion.”

Hal Donaldson

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