Before we can cross the BRIDGE we have to see how deep the mud is and we have to figure out a way to get unstuck. There are so many areas of life where we get stuck and seemingly stay until we correct the problem, rise to the challenge and then are compelled to change. I am reminded of a friend of mine who had everything going for him. He had the business sense, the business plan, but he got stuck on demanding that forms be filled out and faxed to him before he did business. This alienated a lot of people and his business eventually folded because he was stuck in a frame of mind that gave customers and clients an uneasy feeling of mistrust. He was stuck in the state of mud.
Same old same old
Then there’s a woman who stops for gas at the garage each day. She painstakingly fills up her car at the same pump at the same time everyday. She has to work because everyman she has ever been in a relationship with has left. She is living with a man now, who is unemployed and is abusive. She drives a lot for work, and picking the kids up from school. She is stuck in a routine and a lifestyle and she can not cross the bridge until a chance meeting with the man at the pump. Her name is Sandra and she has been pulling into the garage for almost a decade. She has seen gas prices move upward and she can’t afford a new fuel efficient car, so she has seen the price for a tank of gas go from $55 to almost $120. She comes mid-day, every day in hopes that the prices would be lower and that she might hit the lottery. Today I see her in the full size SUV and she looks discouraged.
The Man at the Pump
He was scraggly and he was parked in front of an old Ford pickup. He watched her pull in and he asked her. “Miss, could you fill my tank?” She nodded her head and said, “You’ve got a lot of nerve, buddy. You are a man and I’m a woman and you want ME to fill your tank?” The man smiled, “If you knew the gift and who is asking you to fill his gas tank , you would have asked for the grade of gasoline that never goes on empty?” “Who do you think you are? You have that old truck and that God’s gift to the world attitude, and then you say that I am the one who benefits from filling YOUR tank? Give me a break!”
The fuel that fills the tank
“Everyone who gets gas from this pump will need to fill up again. But what I am proposing is a kind of fuel that only needs filling once.” She laughs and sarcastically replies, Oh then by ALL MEANS , that should save me a few hundred dollars a month!” The man at the pump smiled and nodded that he understood the sarcasm. “Listen, go get your husband, tell him about this fuel, I’d like to meet him.”
“I’m not married.” “I knew that. The fact is you have been married 5 times and the man you live with now is not your husband and has no intention of marrying you.”
There was a long pause and then she said: “Okay buddy, how do you know all of these things? Are you my friends on Facebook?” “Do you know Phil?” “Did the girls at work put you up to this?” “Or could you be prophetic?”
“I am the only source of fuel that you will ever need. You won’t find true worship in the men you live with. You won’t get unstuck by the busy work they pay you to do. You won’t find riches in a scratch ticket from the lottery, you’ll only find it by seeking the Messiah.” True worship and the fuel that will keep you running is the fuel of truth and spirit. That is the only way for you to get unstuck.”
Ready for the Cross
Sandra was less defiant and sarcastic. There was something about this man at the pump. “I always have believed since my first communion that the Messiah is coming. I don’t know where I lost that. I do know that when He does come that he will explain everything. But who am I kidding He would have nothing to do with the likes of me.” Both tanks were full at this point, and the man at the pump smiled. “This ones on me.” “You’re kidding, but I was so mean, so jaded, so suspicious of you.” “Your heart has kept the faith, don’t lose it. And the man you were looking for? It’s me! And what I told you is the truth, and I have a good feeling that you just got unstuck.”