Do You Feel Pressed In on All Sides?

by Nancy Kay Grace

Have you ever felt pressed in from all sides, with nowhere is go in a difficult situation?

Recently my husband Rick and I drove to a short getaway from the pressures of life. Our destination was several hundred miles away, so I settled in for the long drive.

Dormant brown farm ground stretched as far as I could see. Further south in warmer weather, blossoming dogwoods and blooming redbuds dotted the countryside. The drive was uneventful until road construction funneled us into a one-lane section of highway. Bright red taillights of the vehicles in front of us indicated a delay ahead. Sure enough, we were stopped on the one lane Interstate, on a bridge over a river. There was no way to turn around. We were pinned in by traffic, with a fuel tanker truck ahead of us. All we could do was turn the car off and look out the window. We waited. No one moved.

That is, until the backup lights of the semi truck in front of us indicated movement toward us.

The gap closed between our car and the truck, inch by inch. As the truck got closer, my eyes grew big and palms got sweaty. My husband jammed our car in reverse, but could only back up a few feet. Panic set in. I prayed. Life was at a standstill.

Would we be crushed between the truck and the vehicle behind us? What were we to do? We were over water on a single lane road with no place to go!

Have you ever been in a situation where there seemed to be no way out? God’s Word gives us hope when we’re pressed in on all sides.

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 NIV reads, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”

The Apostle Paul wrote those words referring to the trials he and others suffered, while teaching us a valuable faith lesson: trials will happen, but with Jesus, we can press on.

At different times I’ve felt hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted or struck down. When my husband lost his job, I wondered how we could provide for our young family. Within a few weeks, God opened a door for another ministry position. When I got a cancer diagnosis, I cried out to God. God gave me deep peace and assurance in the uncertainty.

While I may feel pressure and wonder how I’ll go forward out of the mess, the Lord has provided strength to not be crushed or in permanent despair. This passage reminds me to look to the living hope of Jesus beyond the trial. God has provided for our needs when life seemed out of control.

Thankfully, the tanker truck stopped when it touched our car’s bumper. Whew! Our panic eased. We waited for an hour before traffic moved. Although we made it to our destination later than hoped, we were safe.

As I reflect on the weekend getaway, I remember the laughter and good times more than the stress of being pinned in on a bridge.

When we’re in a tight situation, it seems like it will last forever. We get anxious while we wait for the outcome. Eventually, in God’s time and with a different perspective, God provides a way. Life once again moves forward.

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About the author: Nancy Kay Grace is thankful for the gift of time. She is a speaker and award-winning author of The Grace Impact, a devotional about the touch of God’s grace in our lives.  

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