stuck, unstuck, forward, faith, freedom

There will always be circumstances or situations in our lives that cause us to get stuck. We’ve got to keep fighting to move forward with faith.

stuck, unstuck, forward, faith, freedom

I grew up in this lovely place called the Lowcountry, where mossy oak trees, salty rivers and pluff mud are just a few of the things that adorn its beauty. Pluff mud. You may have heard of it? It’s the stinky stuff that you smell in the marsh as you drive across the coastal waterway bridges.

Playing in the pluff mud with my Meema is one of my favorite past times. As I recall, every Saturday we would put on our boots and head over to Stoney Creek and truck around in the mud searching for treasures, swinging on trees and chasing hermit crabs. We would begin our journey, over and under the mossy oaks and through the salty marsh grass. Sometimes through our hike, my foot would get so stuck in that mud that I could hardly pull it out. Meema would be a few feet ahead of me and would have to reach back and grab my arm and together we would finally break my foot free from the mud. Can’t that be a constant resemblance of our lives sometimes?

Getting unstuck…

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck somewhere and you just can’t get out? I feel you friend, I’ve been there. That place is all too familiar to me. But, our God does not want us to stay stuck in the pluff mud of life.

…you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9, NLT

A Chosen priesthood, called out of darkness into His light. He calls us out of our valleys and He calls us out of the pluff mud! God wants the best for us but we have to be willing to move in His direction if we want to have His best for ourselves.

Those times that I couldn’t get my foot unstuck, Meema was there to help me. It wasn’t until I reached back and grabbed her arm that we were, together, able to get my foot out of the mud. God is there. He is reaching out to pull us out of our mud, we’ve just got to reach back and grab on to Him. Just as David declares:

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.

Psalm 40:2, NLT

I remember hearing the suction of the mud against my boot as I would try and pull my foot out. With a tug here and a tug there, when I was finally able to pull my foot free, the feeling of relief swept over me. Then, Meema and I would continue to move forward in our hike.

There will always be circumstances or situations in our lives that cause us to get stuck, emotionally stuck, physically stuck, mentally stuck, but we’ve got to keep fighting to pull that foot up and put it in front of the other and keep moving forward, faith forward. And if we’re smart, we’ll ask for the Fathers help, to pull us out of the muddy circumstances of our lives and help us move forward in our journey through life.

If I could encourage you in one thing, it would be this: Don’t be afraid of the mountain top because you’ve gotten so used to being in the valley. Faith forward friend!

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There will always be circumstances or situations in our lives that cause us to get stuck. We've got to keep fighting to move forward with faith.

Top photo credit: Jean Tanner (Meema)
About the author
Originally from the Lowcountry coast of South Carolina, I have a deep love for the ocean, good seafood and believe that salt water can cure anything. My husband, Camilo, and I live a constant adventure with our two fur babies, Sassy and Bella and one rambunctious foster puppy, Sam. I am a Jesus freak, coffee addict, professional encourager, small business owner, marketing manager and lover of all things fair trade and handmade. I am not shy to admit that most days I am a hot mess and dance to the waves of God’s grace, daily. I have a deep passion to disciple our future generation and am a huge anti-human trafficking advocate. As a reflection of God’s grace and mercy, I am a living testimony of my life verse Psalm 91:4, He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge. I find it a great privilege to be salt and light and pray to always be faithful to the race that God has called me to run here on earth.

Comments (11)

  1. This reminds me of the old story Footprints! When we feel or think we are alone, He is still there, always! He is there to pull us out of any muddy situation if and when we need 🙂 thanks for this amazing reminder that we are never alone!

  2. What a vivid example, Cheryl – and so relevant for all of us. And, yes!, there is an intense feeling of relief when God reaches in and pulls us free from whatever circumstances are keeping us stuck. (For me, it’s usually something of my own making, and He is the kind Father who loves me so much despite my own failings.)

    This is a good reminder – I need to remember those relief-filled instances when God has provided the nudge to move me forward. They’ll help at whatever stage for the future because knowing He is there for me (just like your Meema was for you) is a beautiful thought!

  3. Very inspiring thoughts. A perfect analogy between your Pluff mud story and when we get discouraged, mentally and emotionally stuck in ‘muddy circumstances’ to ‘faith forward’ and remember as Paul was reminded in 2 Corinthians as God spoke to him saying, “My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

  4. Wonderful post and great reminder to keep moving when you feel stuck! Which, happens often. We can forget that we have a helper, we only need to ask!!

  5. What a BEAUTIFUL word picture you have painted here. I too had a Meema and we would truck around in the little motor boat in the lake in Eufaula, Oklahoma and catch catfish to fry for dinner. One day, we got stuck in a rainstorm in the middle of the lake and all we could do was cover the engine and wait it out. I think getting unstuck is a lot about praying for your heart to change when nothing else will…when you CAN’T move and just have to wait for God to step in. Thanks for sharing this with me.

  6. What a lovely post, and sweet encouragement. I loved, “Faith forward friend.” Had never heard that !! Maybe you were the original author? Super cool ! Before I had kids, I was a “dog collector.” My veterinarian said the dogs in the neighborhood told each other to go to my house. That was many years ago. I am sharing your post on my Grandma Mary Martha facebook page, and on a pinterest board. I blog at I hope you visit, and often, or subscribe. I always return visits if there is a link to follow.
    “Hmm, what do I get stuck in?” I used to get stuck worrying what people thought. Now, I don’t worry so much about that. I do have to be careful to keep my eyes on the blessings and the positives……….. Life is hard sometimes. His word is the answer.

  7. truly ministered to be. “He pulled me out of despair”… the Bible gas answers to everything we face daily and it speaks to us in million ways to put our trust in the One who knows it all. God bless you.

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