stuck: facing storms and sailing into calmer waters

We all have times and situations where we feel stuck, when our circumstances hold us fast like mud, become seemingly stagnant, and we can see no relief on the horizon. Acknowledging where we are helps, but the most important thing is to realise, no matter how long it takes and how hard we might find it—this won’t last forever.

We won’t always be caught up in our past or chained to habits we long to break free from. If our life is rooted in Christ, then we can set sail for freedom at any time. Nothing is set in concrete when we surrender our lives to Him.

And even if our situation doesn’t alter one iota, we can. By God’s mercy and grace, we can learn to change our perspective, adopt a new way of thinking about things and sail into calmer waters internally as storms continue to rage around us.

Stuck

When I feel stuck in a place of shame or pain, a puddle of difficulty
or an ocean of longing, a river of uncertainty, I remind myself that
this too shall pass and I will rise again, with holy Hope billowing

from my rooted soul like a mainsail, and Faith holding hard as
an anchor for my hurting heart, steering me away from dangerous

shipping lanes toward the Rock, who I am stuck fast to and who
steadies us through every storm we might have to go through

It’s hard to sense our salvation at hand when we’re stuck on thorny
ground, riddled with doubt and can see no way out, or we’re fixated
on things that steal and captivate our souls, but prove to be leaky

vessels, nothing but holes, just sieves that sift, leave us thirsty and
drained, desiring more, as we lose ourselves and our grip on God

While we might sometimes get ourselves into a jam, let us seek to
remain glued to God, stuck fast on his endless mercy, forgiveness

and love, because he is the Centre of our hearts, the great I AM
who freely gives gifts of grace—and is eternally stuck on us
© joylenton

I’m thankful for not being stuck for words as I share my 5 minute poem with the fantastic #FMF writing crew today, using the prompt word: “stuck.” You are warmly invited to write with us and to read the great posts being shared. Just click here to join us there. Thank you! 🙂

20 thoughts on “stuck: facing storms and sailing into calmer waters

  1. Love these lines especially, Joy – such precious truth – thankful for you:

    and I will rise again, with holy Hope billowing

    from my rooted soul like a mainsail, and Faith holding hard as
    an anchor for my hurting heart, steering me away from dangerous

    shipping lanes toward the Rock, who I am stuck fast to and who
    steadies us through every storm we might have to go through

    • Anna, I am thankful we always have the opportunity to start over and begin again with God. His Hope stirs our faith into action and encourages us when we feel weary in ourselves journey. It’s lovely to hear how those lines have spoken to you, my friend! Blessings and love. xo 😊💗

  2. I love the beautiful picture of hope and faith you paint here, Joy. The lines in the last picture especially touched me and so describe how it is sometimes in my own soul. Thank you for these encouraging reflections! Love and hugs to you!

    • Trudy, as so often happens when I write, God provides a word for my own heart to take note of. Those lines are that “listen to this” for me this week, and I am grateful they have spoken to you too. Love and hugs to you, dear friend! xo 😊💜

  3. Dear Joy,
    I am late in getting here to read your post, but God saved it just for when I needed it! Oh, these words:

    While we might sometimes get ourselves into a jam, let us seek to
    remain glued to God, stuck fast on his endless mercy, forgiveness

    and love, because he is the Centre of our hearts, the great I AM
    who freely gives gifts of grace—and is eternally stuck on us

    What a treasure we have in these jars of clay: His grace and mercy so eternally stuck on us. I am so grateful for His reassurance that He will never give up on me, no matter how long it takes, He will keep helping me to get up and try again, in HIS strength! He truly is sufficient for all that I need. Blessings, love and hugs to you my dear sister! xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, you are always welcome here, whenever you can make it! I’m so grateful to have been the means of encouraging your heart, my friend. And I can truly relate to the all-sufficiency of God for our every need. He sustains us in our weakness, granting His grace and strength to endure and persevere and His wisdom and discernment to know just what we are capable of doing at any given time. This jar of clay is feeling distinctly cracked herself, but also amazed and thankful that God chooses to dwell within her! He will never give up on us. Blessings, love, hugs and continued prayers for a greater measure of healing and restoration for you and your beloved husband. xoxo 💜

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