Getting bogged is always a part of the initiation process of learning how to drive on the coast.
Everyone remembers the first time they gunned the engine to pull themselves through an extra soft patch of sand, only to have the wheels spinning and the car digging itself deeper and deeper.
After a few feeble attempts at rocking the car back and forth, the reality begins to dawn on you that you are stuck, and the weak smile of reassurance you give to your friends in the back of the car is unconvincing.
It’s at this point that an experienced driver who owns a bigger car with more grunt is a welcome sight for sand blown eyes. In a few moments the driver is able to strap the car to his, pull us out of the bog and wave us on our way.
Just as any 4WD driver has been bogged at certain times, so we can also get bogged in patterns or habits of sin. Whether we’ve fallen for temptation and slid of the path, or thought we could pull through a patch of ‘softer sand’, we’ve all experienced those times that it feels impossible to break out of the rut.
But the good news is that the Holy Spirit never leaves us alone, but always seeks to pull us out with the ‘snap strap’ of Jesus’ grace. He is a God of restoration, and any person who claims to be spiritual will do the same:
‘If someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. But be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself’ – Galatians 6:1 (NIV/NLT)
The spiritual person understands that it could just as easily be them who is bogged (and never forgets the times they were), so without a hint of condemnation they will help a friend back on track by pointing to God’s never ending grace.
But just as a smaller car should be careful they don’t get bogged if they get to close, so too we must be wise in how close we get if we are feeling weak.
The Holy Spirit is always willing to release and restore anyone trapped in sin; and if we consider ourselves ‘spiritual’ then we will never get tired of showing the same level of unending grace!
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