Between Scylla and Charybdis

We make choices every day.  Some are simple like where we will eat lunch, or what task will we take on first.  Some are not so simple like which bill to pay or what to cook for dinner.   Others, well, it’s those others that can freeze you in your tracks.  These are the problems that don’t have an easy cut-and-dry solution.  They are the ones that can wreak havoc with your life for days, weeks and sometimes, years to come.

Like being caught between a six-headed monster with sharp teeth who lives on a rock and a whirlpool that swallows up the water of the sea and then spits it back up again (hence stuck between a rock and a hard place).  I’m afraid of snakes, and drowning doesn’t appeal to me either so there is nothing left but to remain on course and deal with one of them.  But, could there be another way?

Thankfully, I don’t have to rely on the temperament of a Greek god for help, but it’s tempting, isn’t it?  We Americans have our own mythology—we just don’t realize it.   I could turn to mammon, except it has been very elusive these days and will only go so far until it runs out of steam.  I could turn to alcohol or drugs, except the effects are temporary but the harm to myself and others could last a lifetime.  I could seek help from a counselor or a pastor, but they can only provide wise idioms and quote Scripture to show how I should be dealing with my problems.  Much of this would go in one ear and out the other before I left their presence.

There is, however, one Person who is able to take on my burden and set me free if I will only let Him.  I can release it all to God and let Him be God.  The easy part is the release.   The hard part is not picking it back up.

So today, I’m making the decision to turn all of my problems over to God and let Him deal with it because He is better at dealing with rocks and whirlpools than anyone I know.  After all, He brought water from a rock and parted the Red Sea.  I know He can make a way for me even though there seems to be no way.  I know He can do the same for you.




About Pondering Life from a Railroad Town

Married to a genius, mom to two daughters, living life in a railroad town. Struggling to balance a family, a job, housework, and a life. Blessed beyond measure
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