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Welcome to Week #4 of the Dreamers Series
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Watch out for that Pit
I was so excited and little nervous as I began to read the email. My excitement collided with my nervous anticipation. I was expecting good news. News that said, “Yes, we are so excited to begin the next steps with you!” The last correspondences before the holidays I had received from someone at the company, said things were going great.
However, as I began to read, I found myself in shock. I was dumbfounded. I stared at the screen. My mind raced, how in the world could this be accurate. This can’t be right, something seems off.
Suddenly I went from holding my breath in anticipation of what I hoped to be good news to feeling the wind had been taken out of my sails. It felt as if I had been sucker punched in the gut and thrown in a deep dark pit with a steel lid slammed shut. My dreams of more … were suddenly coming to a crashing halt.
Joseph’s Brothers (to each other): Oh, here comes the great dreamer. Let’s kill him and throw his body into one of the pits. Then we can tell everyone a wild animal killed and devoured him. We’ll see then what becomes of his stupid dreams.
When Reuben heard the plan, he tried to help Joseph.
Reuben: Let’s not kill him. We don’t need to shed any blood to be free of him. Let’s just toss him into some pit here in the wilderness. We don’t need to lay a hand on him.
Reuben thought perhaps he could secretly come back later and get Joseph out of the pit and take him home to their father before any more harm came to him.
The brothers agreed. When Joseph arrived, they ripped his robe off of him—the fancy, colorful robe he always wore that his father had made for him, and they threw him into the pit. Now this pit happened to be an empty cistern; there was no water in it. (Genesis 37:19-25 The Voice)
Last week in “Dreamers Beware” I shared how comparison and jealousy can derail dreams faster than anything. We saw how Joseph’s brother’s hatred and envy towards him pushed them toward the edge of murder. No matter how you look at the plan Joseph’s brothers came up with, Joseph was going to be spending time in a pit. He would either end up in it as a waiting place, or he would end up in it dead.
Life has a way of putting pits in our path Click To Tweet
Have you noticed that life has a way of throwing us in a pit or for a loop sometimes?
- Sometimes an unexpected pit is placed in our path and we inadvertently slip or fall in.
- Sometimes, we are pushed into the pit by others or life’s circumstances.
- Sometimes we run full steam ahead and jump into the pit with both feet.
As I contemplate the different types of pits, we can find ourselves in I see three main “pit” categories. Some of our own making and some that just are. We have the”
Three Pit Categories
- Struggle in all kind of relationships: personal, work, school, family, church etc.
- Struggle with emotions and feelings of being inadequate, less than or unqualified.
- Struggle with knowing and accepting our true identity in Christ.
- Struggle in personal relationship with God,
- Struggle with sin and sinful attitudes.
- Struggle with physical or mental health issues
Have you found yourself in a pit lately? Has it been an Emotional Pit, a Spiritual Pit or Physical Pit? Click To Tweet
As I said before, there was no way around Joseph spending some amount of time in the pit. He would either be dead in the pit, or he would be a prisoner in the pit. Either way, he would be at the mercy of his captors. Not a great place to be, but it’s the place we often find ourselves in.
Joseph was a young arrogant man, but he was also naïve too. I believe he was also a product of his environment. His father bred a culture of envy, entitlement, arrogance and more. Joseph truly loved his family and I don’t think he saw time in the proverbially pit coming his way until it was too late.
As I contemplate the three pit categories: emotional, spiritual and physical, I can also see three types of pits we can find ourselves in. Maybe you can too?
Three Types of Pits
Circumstances or choices of our own making can cause “unexpected pits” to be placed in our path. When this happens, we can inadvertently slip or fall in and often not notice until we are too far in to get out.
Sadly, the actions, attitudes and behaviors of others towards us push us into a pit. This is what we see with Joseph and his brothers. Maybe you have experienced this in your own life?
Pits of our own Making
Sometimes we run full steam ahead and jump into the pit without stopping or even looking. Our own attitudes and behaviors compel us towards pits of our own making. We jump in with both feet, thinking, “we’ve got this. It can’t be so deep that I can’t get out of it again on my own.” Only to find we are way in over our head, and we don’t actually have it. We now find ourselves in a hazardous situation of our own making with no way out and nowhere to turn.
The 3 types of Pits we can find ourselves in are: Unexpected, Premeditated, & Ones of our own making ... Click To Tweet
“Come. On. Harry!!!” I screamed at the TV…. “How in the world did you fall into the pit again!?!?”
I turned to my sister and began loudly protesting “I hit the button, you saw it right? I hit the button! How in the world did he miss the jump and fall into the pit and die again?!!!”
She just looked at me with her eyes wide in shock and shrugged her shoulders and said, “I don’t know, but it’s my turn.”
In the early 80’s (yeah, I know I am dating myself) Atari had a game called Pitfall. The main character “Pitfall Harry” had a habit of getting caught in hazardous situations as he pursued his quest to collect treasure. Hazards including pits, quicksand, rolling logs, fire, crocodiles, rattlesnakes, scorpions, fire, and more.
Oh how, I wish life was like the video games back in the day. If you played them long enough, you could know when the hazards and obstacles were coming your way. If you were caught unaware by the hazard, sure, you would die, but could immediately use another life or restart the game. No worries. However, that is not the realities of real life. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had someone calling out to us like George of the Jungle did? Watch out for that tree …. … or in our case, “watch out for that pit!”
The truth is, we do have someone calling out to us, warning us to be careful, to watch out and to proceed with caution. However, sometimes we don’t hear, ask or pay attention. The Bible shows us that it’s God ‘s character and nature to guide us and show us the hazards that lie ahead and help us navigate the obstacles in our way, if we allow Him.
I would like to say that I have a good outcome for the story I began with, but it’s still in process. For now, all I can say is, I climbed out of the pit, pushed the steel lid off and am steadily working my way forward with God’s guidance every step of the way.
This Week’s Spotlight Posts
Again – Happy Easter and Blessed Holy Week. He is Risen … He is Risen Indeed!!!
May we all celebrate that this week. I loved Joyce’s post from last week: 4 Reasons why Easter Sunday is very important. Click on her picture to head over and read for yourself. Joyce also has a growing linkup party on Friday’s so be sure to check it out tomorrow.
Dr Michelle had a powerful post last week regarding finding rest. This post resonated greatly with me. I hope it will for you as well. Click on the picture to be redirected to her post: Finding Rest in God.
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Debbie Kitterman is a natural born encourager who is on fire for God. She is passionate about equipping individuals, so they can go deeper in the relationship with God, reach their God-potential and claim their Kingdom inheritance. Debbie is a wife, mother, author, pastor, speaker and the founder of “Dare 2 Hear,” a ministry that trains individuals to hear the voice of God. She travels to churches internationally and is the founder and teacher of d2htraining.com, an online course designed to equip the believer in releasing God’s heart. Her writing and teachings inspire faith and build bridges for people to believe and expect the impossible. She is also an ordained Foursquare pastor, currently serving with her husband, John, as senior pastor of Restoration Church in Lacey, Washington. Learn more at: www.debbiekitterman.com
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YouVersion 7-Day Devotional
I am blessed and honored to have a 7-day devotional on the YouVersion Bible App. YAY!!! It is a great way to kick start the 7- days before my on-line Bible Study starts next week. I would be so blessed if you would check it out and share it with your friends. You can find it here: Be The Gift Someone Needs Today!
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We live in a time, where those around us are in desperate need of a real encounter with Jesus and in need of encouragement. We are called to encourage one another daily (Hebrews 3:13), and to build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). My book will teach you how to step out and do just that.
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Do you wonder if God still speaks today? Do you wonder if He would ever speak to you personally? Do you long to hear the voice of God in your life?
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God is speaking, Can you Hear Him?
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