When Life Feels Stuck [1/6]
Do you sometimes feel like life isn’t going anywhere?
You’re stuck in a dead-end job, the doctor just never seems to have good news, or your coffee ‘dates’ (if we’re allowed to call them that) just aren’t finding you the one.
Maybe you feel depressed, disappointed and even a touch of despair?
How do you get unstuck?
Sometimes a little up and down movement can create some wriggle-room to walk out of that mud. Here are three ups and three downs to help you; co-written by my fab wife Holly and I.
Look Up | Abraham | Genesis 15:1-6
Several years had gone by since God promised Abraham and Sarah a child, but there was still no pregnancy in sight.
Abraham had begun to look down on his present circumstances: “How can I have a child?” I imagine him asking. “How can my family line be a blessing to all peoples on the earth? It’s impossible God!”
In verse 5, God leads Abraham outside and says, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.” Then he says, “So shall your offspring be.”
Instead of looking down on the impossibility of the situations we face, like Abraham we must look up and see more clearly the God for whom nothing is impossible.
God wants you to look up. He wants to help you see the world outside of your present circumstances, to get a better, higher, heavenly perspective on them. Why? Because if you spend all your time looking down at yourself and your circumstances, you’ll get discouraged; but if you look to God by faith, you’ll be encouraged.
God was reminding Abraham of the promise he’d made – ‘your descendants will be incredibly numerous, believe it!’ But there’s something more that mustn’t be overlooked, like the remarkable ‘throw-away’ comment in the creation account, “He also made the stars” has been. I believe God is also saying to Abraham, ‘I want you to know that I have the power to make good on the promises I make.’
Is it time you looked up and marvelled at the power of God?
It’s easy for us Londoners due to light pollution to miss the significance of this, to lose our sense of wonder. To become awestuck rather than awestruck because we can’t gaze into the “heavens [that] declare the glory of God and the skies [that] proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1) on a regular basis.
Our galaxy, the Milky Way, contains over two hundred thousand million stars. The size of our galaxy almost defies imagination; it’s about a hundred thousand light years across (about six hundred thousand million million miles). Astronomers tells us that there is not just one but that there are over a hundred million galaxies in the universe. There are as many galaxies in the universe as there are stars in our galaxy. This means that there are ‘one followed by 29 zeroes’ stars in our universe; a number so big that it almost defies imagination.
Scripture tells us God “determines the number of stars and calls them by name,” and in the verse immediately after; “great is our Lord and mighty in power” (Psalm 147:4-5).
I say this not to make you feel small, but to help you to see that you are small and God, the maker of the stars is massive and incredibly powerful.
Try and get outside of London and look up and remind yourself that God has the power to make good on his promises.
Looking up will help you to believe again – “against all hope” (Romans 4:18) – just like Abraham.
Seeing God is the secret to getting unstuck. He is all-powerful. He can do immeasurably more than you ask or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
Look up and let faith arise.