“I’ve been here before, and I know the way out.”

There’s a story I heard of a man who fell in a hole and could not find his way out. A doctor came to see him, wrote a prescription, tossed it in the hole and moved on. A preacher came to see him, wrote a prayer, tossed it in the hole, and moved on. A friend came to see him and jumped in the hole. The guy says “What are you doing? Now we’re both stuck.” The friend says, “I’ve been here before, and I know the way out.” Author Unknown

I was reading through some of the captions and comments on “Humans of New York”, one of my favorite things on Facebook. One photo was about a woman who had struggled with depression and one of the comments was this quote.

I’ve been depressed. I think sadly, sometimes, that’s part of life. Something didn’t go the way you expected. Whether this is a death, a diagnosis, a betrayal, a job loss, or endless other situations it can be easy like the man in the quote to “fall in a hole”.

Society tries to tell you what will fix you. Therapy, medication, religion, and friends are just some of the things hinted at in this quote. Ultimately you will find that all of these things fall short because Jesus is the only one who can climb into that hole with you and say “I’ve been here before, and I know the way out.”

Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and rose again. He endured all so there is nothing that He doesn’t know the way out of.

Be of good cheer today knowing there is no depth He cannot reach to pull you out.

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