The Deep Dip

Do everything without complaining and arguing. Hold firmly to the word of life.

– Philippians 2:14-16

We all experience emotional dips throughout our lives. An emotional dip is generally unexpected, unwelcomed and unavoidable. It is a part of life. The following paraphrase from the poem, A Man Fell into a Pit, reminds us when we get into a deep pit, we’ve got to have something unmovable to hang on to:

A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get himself out.

An objective person came along and said, “It’s logical that someone would fall down there.”

A mathematician calculated how he fell into the pit.

A news reporter wanted the exclusive story on the pit.

The fundamentalist said, ‘You deserve your pit.’”

An IRS man asked if he was paying taxes on his pit.

A self-pitying person said, “You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen my pit.”

The optimist said, “Things could be worse.”

The pessimist said, “Things will get worse.”

But Jesus, seeing the man in the pit, took him by the hand and lifted him out. 

Jesus addressed the importance of helping someone or something out of the pit or dips in life in Luke 14:5. Jesus posed the question – if one of your children or your livestock fell into a pit, you’d work to get them out of the pit, even on the Sabbath.

When we’re in a deep pit, we need each other. We need others to put their hand down where we are and lift us out of that pit. If you want to experience true freedom from the pits you can fall into emotionally, you’ve got to keep moving, and to keep your focus on Christ.  That’s the ultimate and only way to deal with the emotional downs in your life when they come.

Today’s One Thing

Pray this prayer regarding dips in your life:

Father, thank you for being with me in the pit, and through the dips of life. Help me to continually keep my eyes on You. Whatever the depth of dips I face, I want to learn from them. Help me to give you the glory as I come out of them. Amen.

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