When you are in a hole…

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Not the actual hole but, one from the Internet!

The big news in Sunny Clacton yesterday is a hole opened in the ground.

Early reports suggested a sinkhole and later reports suggested a collapsed sewer.  Either way, it’s causing a lot of inconvenience.  A major road is closed and traffic diversions are causing hold ups.

I wonder if you have ever used that phrase “I wish the ground would open up and swallow me” ?  I have, usually when I do something silly or embarrassing (a fairly regular occurrence).  But, did you know, it comes from the Bible?  In the book of Numbers chapter 16 Korah leads a rebellion against God and Moses and the earthed opened up and swallowed him – bit gruesome.

But, there is another kind of hole.  Sometimes we feel as though we are stuck in a hole when we face situations when we just do not know what to do. We try and do the right thing and the situation gets worse or and, no matter how hard we try we cannot lift ourselves out of it.

No matter what hole you are in, it’s not a good place to be and you can end up feeling as though you are abandoned.  One of the Psalms that really helps me, when I am in a hole, is Psalm 139 and The Message version puts it like this;

Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight?

If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there!

If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon,

You’d find me in a minute– you’re already there waiting!

(Psalm 139 vs. 7 – 10)

 If, today, you feel as though you are in a hole remember you are not abandoned.  God is there to help and will never leave you


Dear Lord,

I am stuck and i just don’t know what to do

I feel as though no matter which way I turn I am going to get it wrong.

It looks as though I will hurt some, and mess it up for others.

I feel so alone today, Lord, and I can find no peace within.


Dear God, assure me of your presence.

When the hole is at it’s darkest, remind me that I am still in your light

When I am afraid remind me that I am not alone but, I am in your safe keeping


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