Is it a Pit or a Gold Mine?

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February 9, 2012 by Jay Helms


Last week, I had some serious personal questions about what God is doing and what God wants from me. They were not questions of despair. They were, however, questions born from some places of true frustration. The picture below is of a friend, named Mike, spending some time talking with me and some others about my questions.


Going into our time with Mike last week, I understood that everyone who attempts to follow God and to lead others in doing the same (regardless of the environment in which this is lived out, be it work, neighborhood, family, or any other place), will find themselves in “The Pit” sooner rather than later. It’s in the pit that you find yourself saying, “I don’t know what I am doing and I am unsuccessful at everything I try to do.” Ever been there before? Then you know why it’s called “The Pit”.

What I have learned is that if I rush and fight to get out of The Pit, I will find myself back in there again soon. However, if I wait patiently in darkness in The Pit, and if I pray patiently in the darkness, my eyes begin to adjust to the darkness and I notice two things: First, there is someone else with me in The Pit. He has a name and He knows my name. It turns out He has been in The Pit with me all along. And second, He is beckoning me to come closer to see something, now visible in the darkness…


There’s gold in these hills! This isn’t a pit, it’s a gold mine! It’s through prayer and patience that our eyes are illumined to see in the darkness. I think maybe, just maybe, I am living this reality and I look forward to continuing this journey, that I might know that one Man’s pit is a praying Man’s Gold Mine. Jesus said, “Fear not, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.”

To see Mike talk about this, download or take a look at the video in this folder.

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