I read something by Wendy Pope that intrigued me…it was that when you are going through what may feel like “the pits”, think of the “pit” as P.ersonal I.ntense T.raining! I really like that! (The acronym I mean.) In Psalm 40 David says in verses 1-3 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. -The idea behind Wendy’s P.I.T. thought was to change our perspective when in a “pit”. When in a pit of waiting, confusion, disaster, sickness, the unknown, insecurity…whatever the pit to see it as intense personal training from the Lord to prepare us for the next thing He has for us. Like gold being refined in the fire! I thought I need to get one of those plastic gold medals and write P.I.T. on it and hang it somewhere with 1 Cor. 9:24 on it to remind myself -Janette, do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. – Learn and gain all I can from my time in a “pit” face it like its P.ersonal I.ntense T.raining for the next mission God has for me! I know God disciplines those He loves (Heb. 12:6) just like we as loving parents do our children. And that nothing can come to me that God has not allowed and which He can use for good, for His glory. Like Psalm 40:3 Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. However I have a wonderful imagination that I suppose can serve as a detriment to me because I can imagine some “pits” in which I would want to through that plastic gold medal reminder I made right into the garbage disposal!! Thinking I’m done, I’m out, forget the gold! But I know down deep in my heart that’s not what I want…I want to finish strong with a handful of gold medals to cast at His feet in which He can say well done, well done good and faithful servant (Matt. 25:21)! I know I am weak and He is strong and any gold coming forth from any pit of mine would be because He lifts me out and sets my feet on the Rock, it will be Him that puts a new song in my heart and mouth to praise Him with. So I pray now for a faith unshakable in all my “pits”. To trust Him to work everything and in His perfect timing because one thing I do know facing new pits are one thing but repeating pit trips because I refused to be refined the first time is just not the way to go, God create in me a movable, pliable, pure heart. As I read this morning in Gen 27 I was reminded of how often I respond to my own pits…Gen. 27:5-10 Rebekah hears Isaac is about to bless Esau so she alerts Jacob to her schemes of trickery. I mean after all in Gen. 25 God did tell her the older twin would serve the younger right! But….He never said she should be in charge of making that happen. Oh why do I so see myself in her place!!?? Trying to be in control, do, do, do…heaven forbid I sit still and listen and just know that He is God and I am just so not! I need to do more of the wait and see thing. God says He is always working (John 5:17) and I saw that even just this morning as I read His Word and watched the sunrise change before my very eyes…He was waking up the world at the same time tenderly speaking to my heart. So if I would just keep my eyes out watching for where He is already working and just continue to do what I know to do in the moment even if that is go fold the laundry I can choose to do it in prayer casting all my cares on Him because He cares (1 Peter 5:7)! So Janette, stop trying to do a work FOR Him and maybe try doing a work FROM Him. Be available. I’m not available and will miss opportunities from Him when I’m too busy trying to figure things out and work things out in my own strength. Trust God will show you the way…keep your eyes on Him, He is the Way. And one last point to include in my prayers is that when I do get all caught up in myself God alert me to the way out you provide from the endless cycle of me, myself, and I in the pit or wherever. Like in Gen. 27:11 After Rebekah explains the deceitful plan to her son he says But mom…. my brother is a hairy man and I’m smooth… God alert me to the But mom/ but Janette moments you send to reset my thinking to make a choice to choose well. Lord I want to choose well, run well, wait well, listen well…I want to place at Your feet a handful of gold medals refined in the fires (pits) You allowed my way so that many would see and put their trust in You and to hear You say well done beloved.