I sat at the bottom of the pit. I had climbed out many times before, but this time I looked at the walls and knew there was no more energy and I wasn’t getting out. I was so tired that I didn’t want even want to try anymore.
So there I sat, hopeless. In that pit I did not have anything…my husband, kids, homeschooling, friends, etc. I sat there and even though my brain was sluggish, I realized I had one person left: God.
I looked up and saw the sky and amazingly enough it hadn’t gone anywhere. So I talked to God and made a declaration, “Even here Lord, I praise you and love you.”
The energy involved in that short statement was huge, and I wish I could say a giant hand came down and pulled me out of my figurative pit. (It didn’t.) But I did feel the power and importance of that statement.
Daniel was put into the pit of lions by his tricky enemies. He spent what I am sure was a very long night with very hungry lions. When he was brought out of the pit in the morning, he gave glory to God for sending angels to shut the mouths of the lions. He praised God before, in, and after the pit. A wonderful lesson for us.
Daniel’s friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, were thrown into a fire pit. Before they were thrown in, they made their declaration:
Daniel 3: 17-18
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Regardless of outcome, their declaration was to follow and praise God.
The strongest declaration from the place of despair comes from Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane:
Mark 14: 34-36
34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Life puts us in those pits, no matter how strong of a Christian we are (even Jesus wanted his circumstances to change). It is in those places where we look to how strong our relationship is with God. Our relationship with God isn’t tested on the highs of the mountaintops.
Sometimes we look to the mountaintops (or the sky) from whatever pit we are in. The writer of Psalm 121 was in his own pit, a place from where he needed help. He made his declaration:
Psalm 121: 1-2 (KJV)
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
Whatever pain or circumstance that puts us into our worst places, our scariest places, that is where our mettle is tested. That is where we need to tell God we trust Him and let the enemy know that he didn’t win.
My declaration did not immediately get me out of my pit. What it did was show me that I am with God no matter what. No matter what gets stripped away in our lives, let us made our declarations boldly: Even here, God. Even here.