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  • Writer's pictureGina Stinson

Stuck in the Ditch

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up.” A couple of years ago, after some torrential downpours, I got my ford expeditioN SUV stuck in the mud on the edge of a deep ditch. I'll spare some of the details, but will give a few pieces of advice: 1. Never run a "quick" errand in your pajamas unless you have the assurance that you can maneuver yourself out of any vehicle malfunction alone. 2. When climbing out of a vehicle at a 45 degree angle, be sure you can raise your leg up over the gear shift without kicking it. 3. Cry—Cry a lot so that when your husband comes to help, he won't give you a hard time and he will just feel sorry for you and be glad you are alive and will never mention it again (I must not have cried enough!) My near escape of the ditch on a county road in Texas is humorous now. Looking back it was pretty scary. I remember being so glad that Bruce was on his way to help me, (never mind the car) even though I knew I would never live it down. Help was on the way. I was going to be ok. Someone who loved me was going to take care of things. Someone was going to help get me out of that car. And that's what this verse is about. It’s having those couple of really great friends who help get you through—who encourage you, who pitch in, who check on you, who know when you need an encouraging word, who cheer you on. God never meant for us to do life alone. Let's be the friend that reaches out and lends a hand and helps someone out of the ditch.

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