Stuck In The Mud

Luke 14:5-6 (KJV)
5[And He answered them, saying, ] Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day? 
Has this ever happened to you? Has your ox fallen into a pit? It's certainly not a laughing matter when it happens to you. It's most certainly a sickening thought. How am I going to get out of this situation? Well as you know when you are on the road with the Singing Echoes, you can find yourself in an unwanted position. Our Eagle was recently in a (pit).
Bus Stuck

Recently on the road we were in West Virginia. We had been at the record holding largest family reunion in the world. The Lilly reunion was a great experience and we met some great new friends. It had practically rained all day long and created a mud pit out of the parking areas. We had packed up our Eagle and we were ready to head to Cleveland. This is when things got deeeep. 

As we were leaving we walked ahead to clear a pathway so the bus could make a clear shot to paved ground. We cleared the way and Gary approached with the bus like a bat out of.... West Virginia. I had the thought in my mind at that moment we may be here a little longer than we had anticipated because even the path we had cleared was thick mud. The first approach landed us in a good foot of mud. Upon another approach after backing out left us STUCK! Our Eagle was in the mud pit!

Get a couple of West Virginia natives together and they can send a John Deere to the moon. And they can get an Eagle out of a mud hole. We unhitched the trailer and we compiled a couple of Chevys and some chains and pulled that Eagle out of the mud. There was not a single Ford available to attempt the feat so it took both Chevrolets. We had people taking more pictures and videos of the bus than when we were on stage! It was another experience in the life of a Singing Echo!

I can say I've been there. I've been in the mud. I've been in the pits. The significance of the story sometimes isn't  how you get there but what you choose to get you out. I'm not ashamed to say I've struggled before. I'm not ashamed to admit my roads haven't  been  paved and clear. I'm ashamed that I tried to do the cleaning. I'm ashamed that I thought I was the only one there. I have a Savior that protects me and keeps me safe. Psalm 23:1-6 (KJV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou  art[ with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Matthew Epperson

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