As I was browsing online recently, I saw an article about a cute baby elephant. This chubby baby was wallowing in a pool of mud, while an adult elephant stood at the edge of the pool observing. This would have been just amusing, however the article told of how dangerous it could be for a baby elephant to remain in the mud; they could get stuck, unable to get out, and therefore suffocate or drown.
This scenario made me think. When I’ve been upset, at times, my behaviors were the same as the baby elephant’s. My mud was self-pity—me having an emotional tantrum and refusing to come out of it. I have often opted to flounder in my own sticky, slimy “mud”, choosing to stay there until God-knows-when. Whenever I found myself in this state, it was usually due to depression and anger at perceived injustices. And I always ignored the negative, dangerous consequences of thrashing in the unforgiving mud of my feelings.
As I reviewed past situations of my life, a “Rhema” was revealed: staying in the mud was a metaphor for my decision to stay trapped in the past, while consumed by impossible stresses of the day, and spitefully disregarding all hope for the fresh start of tomorrow. Yet, the Holy Spirit kept whispering to me that if I stayed in the mud, I would be allowing my emotions to choke the Word of God. I would be ignoring a loving God who desired to lift me out of the mire, put me on solid ground, help me to release the past, and ultimately renew my hope for tomorrow.
I learned from this “Rhema” the actions I must take, and will take, when I collapse in the mud of life’s disappointments that certainly will come. I will not remain in the sludge. Rather, I will call upon the Lord who is always abounding towards me in love, ready to lift me out of the mire and make my steps sure. He will give me the determination to walk out of my troublesome past, right into the brightness of my future.
And this is Truly Said™
Sword: “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. Psalm 40: 2 (NLT)
Application: Maybe your parents didn’t know about the dangers of mud to a baby elephant. However, remember they knew the dangers of mud to you, when they told you,” If you fall in the mud, don’t stay in it.”