Last week we attended a granddaughter’s volleyball game and enjoyed watching her and her teammates play. The players were quite skilled. The ball went back and forth over the net for long periods. They worked as a team. Each player did her part. Each team hoped the ball would fall to the ground or land out of bounds so their team would score. 

Suddenly a player hit the ball in the air with such force it never came down. I looked up and it was stuck in the ceiling of the gymnasium.

The volleyball, stuck in the gym ceiling.

It would take considerable effort and likely several people to get it down. Someone with a long pole on top of a ladder might dislodge the ball, or someone with a basketball and keen aim might knock it loose.  

Being stuck personally is not uncommon and not a pleasant experience. Maybe you’re stuck in your job, in grief, or a family relationship is stuck; or you’re stuck with financial challenges, or you’re stuck in unsuccessful attempts at solving a problem. Maybe you’re generally bogged down feeling like you’re spinning your wheels and getting nowhere. You’ve retreated in confusion. You’re stuck. 

Freeing ourselves when we’re stuck is difficult. If you’re seriously stuck like that volleyball, considerable effort may be called for to get free. Just as it took several people to free that volleyball from the gymnasium ceiling, you may need a friend, a pastor, or a counselor to help you get free. What about seeking God for insight, wisdom, and guidance? I’ve found hope and truth in the Psalmist’s words, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

It’s important to resist staying stuck. Your possibilities are limited if you are comfortable being stuck and, in that state, it may be hard to imagine how good it would feel to be free. 

Yesterday, we attended another volleyball game. I looked up and the ball was no longer stuck in the ceiling. Somehow, it was set free.  

Are you stuck? Take one step today to start getting free. 

Author: Randy J. Gauger

Follower of Jesus Christ, Mary's husband for 55 years, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, preacher, ordained American Baptist Pastor retired, writer.

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