The Freedom of Being ‘Unstuck’

We were stuck in a fog here in the valley today. It was noon before the sun broke through.

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Earlier this morning, while I was still in my p.j.s and just getting ready to make some coffee, Hubby came through the back door saying “I need your help.”

He was stuck in the mud.

Like a good wife, I quickly changed, threw on a jacket and headed out to the barnyard. Sure enough, his truck and trailer were mired in thawing earth. I climbed into the skid loader and, following Hubby’s instructions, took up the slack in a chain secured to his truck bumper. After a few pulls, the truck was on solid ground.

Back in my warm kitchen, I reflected on what it means to be “stuck”.

We’ve been exploring our “stuck” territory. We women who travel together through raising kids, being the good wife, taking care of aging parents, doing our daily work — we’ve been digging deep, examining our hearts and laying it all on the table.

We’ve asked one another the hard questions:

  • How do I “die” to something? What does that mean?
  • How do my “stuck” places affect the people I love?
  • How can I keep God first when so many other things demand my attention?
  • What does God expect from me?

I’ve been stuck believing there are empty spaces in my life that nothing can fill. I’ve let insecurity, distraction, busyness trap me in a place that’s not part of God’s plan for me. You’d think I would have figured it out by now, but every day provides a new lesson in how to walk alongside Jesus.

How to get “unstuck”.

As I pulled the slack out of that chain, as I stood at the window and watched the sun break through the fog, I was reminded that some answers take a little hard work, a little tug, a bit of inconvenience. And some answers come as a ray of sunshine, a gift from God that lifts the fog and makes all things clear.

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I don’t want to be mired in the mud of past mistakes or blinded by a mist that conceals truth. I want to be unstuck so that I can run toward Him and all the good things He promises.

For the sweet women who’ve journeyed together over the past seven weeks, keep striving. Keep digging into the Word and asking the hard questions. Someday soon, we’ll all be able to declare


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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  1. Bill Gisel

    While not one of your “women”, I sure needed your message this morning. I got up angry, and stayed angry through a morning dealing with a problem with our car and picking up dog poop that has finally surfaced through the melting snow. Sometimes, I need a reminder to get out of the mud! Thank you, Ingrid, and thank you, Jesus!


      Isn’t that just life? I have the best intentions then stuff happens and I’m stuck all over again. Thanks for stopping by, Bill!

  2. Tara

    Sometimes it is so easy to get stuck! Thanks for this reminder today friend! I’ll remember this post when I’m feeling stuck!


      Thanks, Tara! I’m glad this spoke to you.

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