2019-02-07 / Opinions

Trucker either got stuck or ran out of gas while delivering a low bridge

By ROGER ALFORD
columnist

A trucker had made a wrong turn onto a small rural road when he got stuck under a low bridge.

With cars backed up for miles, a patrolman finally arrived, got out and walked around the 18-wheeler, put his hands on his hips, and said to the trucker, “Got stuck, huh, sir?”

“No,” the exasperated trucker replied, “I was delivering this bridge and ran out of gas.”

It’s never pleasant to be stuck, whether in a vehicle or in life. But it happens to the best of us.

As an outdoorsman, I’ve been stuck in my pickup truck on occasion. Usually, I’ve been able to get myself unstuck. Of course, there have also been times when I had to call for a tow truck or a tractor. But, with some effort, I’ve always gotten out. Sometimes, we can also feel spiritually stuck, and, try as we might, we’re unable to get ourselves out of the rut. Take heed, for in such circumstances, we have One we can call on who is much more capable than the best of tow trucker drivers. Even when we feel like we’re a thousand miles from the nearest help, He is as close as our next prayer.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog (Psalm 40:1-2).

So, we learn from that scripture that if we will wait patiently, the Lord will deliver us. He will lift us from the pit we find ourselves in. What’s especially encouraging is that God’s Word tells us He will deliver us in unexpected ways.

“Remember ye not the former things, neither the things of old. Behold I will do a new thing” (Isaiah 43:18-19).

It’s not at all unusual for trucks to get stuck beneath low bridges and overpasses. Sometimes, getting unstuck is as simple as backing up. Sometimes letting some air out of tires does the trick. Sometimes, it requires calling for help.

In the case of being spiritually stuck, sometimes getting unstuck is as simple as backing up. Sometimes, it means calling for help. And God will always stand ready to give you the push you need.

Roger Alford offers words of encouragement to residents of America’s heartland. Reach him at rogeralford1@gmail.com.

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