Out of the Rut

Have you missed me? It’s been a long time  since I posted here. I’m back. Perhaps this post will let you in on my secret:

I’m stuck in a rut, a hard place. At least that’s what I’m thinking. For several months my life exploded with the new, the fresh opportunities that I’d been waiting for, dreaming of.  Each day started and ended with exciting new steps toward the goals I had set.

I couldn’t wait to see the miracles of living my dream.

I recall wondering when there would be a break, yet knowing that it would come and it did.

Without any warning.

In all of the activities of my life, I want to be a do-er. I resist the thought of nothing happening.

And yet, I long for that place of intimacy with my Lord to know Him and the power of His resurrection. However, I read that there is a condition to knowing Him. He calls me to be still… and know.

Could it be that I have missed something? Could it be that I perceive I am at a standstill?

In June 1950, A.W.Tozer  wrote, “It will cost something to walk slow in the parade of the ages, while excited men rush about confusing motion with progress. But it will pay in the long run and the true Christian is not much interested in anything short of that.”

Keeping the rhythm in the ebb and flow of the mundane, everyday responsibilities is not what I crave. I want action, people, and results and I want all three … now.

And perhaps that is exactly where I am stuck. Not in a rut but in a mind-set. A mind set on what I can see, rather than on what is invisible. If I spend the entire day revelling in the beauty, majesty and power of Jesus and His supernatural participation in my life, would I dare say that today has been a waste, accomplishing nothing?

In my quiet time this morning, I read Selwyn Hughes devotion for Nov 15 on Hebrews 11:27 He persevered as one who sees Him who is invisible.

He writes, “What our carnal nature hates to be faced with is the challenge to throw ourselves in utter dependency on a God who is invisible and intangible. Yet this is what a relationship with God entails.”

And all the while, He is working together something which I cannot see. And if I could, pride would have its way, giving me opportunity to brag about what is accomplished.

Today I wait, and trust, and pray that tomorrow I will have the faith, courage and patience to do the same.



  1. Cindy Martin on August 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Wait, trust, pray, faith, courage and patience, those are some very big words but very important to put into practice if we are to have a fulfilled life in Christ. Thanks for the reminder Ruth. Praying for you as you come through the “rut”.

    • WordsToInspire on August 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Cindy, so good to see you here! Fun to travel the journey together.

  2. Kristen on November 6, 2013 at 1:36 am

    My heart totally resonates with this blog post. It is where I find myself these days… desiring total intimacy with Jesus, having him speak into my spirit, yet fighting feelings of wanting to “do” much of the time. Often I feel swayed by the pressures coming from ‘the world’ that asks me “So, what do you DO?”. I really liked the quote from Tozer, esp that first line about it ‘costing something to walk slow’. Cost, yes. But praying that I can learn that slow walk, focussing on the reality of Jesus in every moment of my day.


  3. Ruth Coghill on May 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Kristen,
    I apologize for taking this long to respond to you as I’ve been crawling out of the rut! It’s been a deep one but a tremendous time of learning more the important rather than the urgent!

    I’m wondering how you are coming on this journey of costing something to ‘walk slow’

    Saying a prayer for you right now!
    Joyfully Serving the King

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