I remember riding up the chairlift one clear, crisp winter day with a buddy of mine as we spent the day snowboarding. As we flew over the tops of the trees beneath us, he asked if I had ever heard of a tree hole before.
As a born and raised Texan, I was new to the whole winter-sport realm and had no clue as to what he was talking about. What I learned that day, though, I will never forget. You see, as snow falls, the branches of a tree act as a ruff and stop the snow from gathering directly at the base of the tree. Still, the wind throughout the winter blows the snow underneath the tree, making it look like the snow has a consistent depth across the forest floor. In reality, that illusion of snowy, level ground is a deceptive false floor. If you find yourself in one of these tree holes, it is virtually impossible to make your way out alone. You are stuck with nothing to hang on to and no where to go.
It’s interesting that even though most of us haven’t been stuck in a tree hole, and have no clue about how that would feel, we know exactly what it feels like to be stuck.
Stuck might be one of the worst feelings on the earth, and trying to get unstuck on our own can at times result in becoming even more stuck. The heart of God isn’t that you would live stuck in a tree hole, but that you would “buck the stuck” in your life and live free of what seems to be holding you down. In Mark 5, Jesus has a run-in with a woman who was right there; she was stuck. She had been bleeding for 12 years and in verse 24 it says, “She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.”
Have you ever felt like you were doing all the right things and getting all the wrong results?
This woman at the end of herself took an aggressive step to be in a place where she would have an encounter with a man she had heard would “unstuck the stuck.” Starting in verse 27 it says, “ When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ ‘You see the people crowding against you,’ His disciples answered, ‘and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at His feet and, trembling with fear, told Him the whole truth. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.’
If you want to buck the stuck in your life, you need to break the silence and reach for Jesus. This woman did what very few of us are willing to do; tell the whole truth and reach out for help.
I believe if we get real, open up about what is happening in us and reach for Jesus, we will find ourselves rescued from what we thought we would have to endure.
I believe this week is a “buck the stuck” week in your life. Go ahead; break the silence and reach.
By Jady Griffin
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