The dirty dishes, silverware, pots, and pans were piled high in my kitchen this week. I didn’t really have a good excuse for neglecting them. I suppose I could say I‘ve been busy. That would only partially be true. It’s not like I haven’t had 10 minutes in my day to empty the dishwasher and fill it back up again. So, I finally relented and began placing all the dirty things into the dishwasher. I slid one plate after another off the counter and into its designated spot on the bottom rack. I grabbed the silverware and tossed it into the appropriate little cubby holes. All the glasses were obediently lining the top rack single file. Alas, the pile was diminishing!
As I came to the last bowl on the counter, I went to grab it but it didn’t budge. It didn’t slide right off the counter like the rest of the dishes. It was stuck—seriously stuck! Not to focus on laying blame, but my guess is it was a cereal bowl leftover by one of my sons who didn’t rinse it out. Perhaps all that sugary, milky greatness had toppled over their full bowl, dripped down to the bottom, and created a super-glue-like adhesive at the base. Like I said…it was stuck!
Do you ever feel this way? Like everything else (or everybody else) moves or slides along with ease to their desired destination, but for whatever reason, you get stuck. Like there’s some sort of super-glue-like adhesive at your base, and you cannot move forward. For instance, you can’t make a decision, you can’t break a bad habit, you can’t shake a negative attitude, you can’t get ahead, you can’t seem to make any kind of positive change, etc. All too often what happens when we get stuck on a problem is it consumes us. It’s like we get stuck on it, and it gets stuck on us. No matter how hard we try, it won’t leave. We can’t escape it. Then we get frustrated—we worry, we dwell on the issue, it drives us crazy, it invades our minds and thoughts, etc. And all the fussing and fidgeting gets us nowhere because we’re still stuck. Ugh!
Isaiah has a couple chapters in the middle of his book which are simply songs of praise. They’re all about God and His greatness. In 26:3, he writes “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah is reflecting on the truth that God will guard us and keep us in that perfect and constant peace when our minds are focused on and trusting in Him. Notice, Isaiah didn’t say God will give us peace when we are stuck and focused on our problems. He said God gives peace to us when our minds are set on Him.
I don’t know about you, but perfect and constant peace sounds really good, doesn’t it? Especially when we feel overwhelmed by the frequent challenges and issues we get stuck on…or get stuck on us. Even though you may be temporarily stuck, trust in the One who is greater than the glue that holds you there. Fix your thoughts not on your “stuck-ness,” but on our great big God who can “un-stuck” you if you trust in Him.
“So trust in the Eternal One forever, for He is like a great Rock—strong, stable, trustworthy, and lasting” (Isaiah 26:4, The Voice).