What do you do when you reach the end of your rope?  Who do you turn to when your family and friends turn their backs on you when you are down to your last few dollars in finances?  What happens when you feel like not even God hears your prayers?  What do you say when you feel like you are in a place of hopelessness and brokenness and feel the darkness creeping in on you from every direction?


I don’t know about you but a situation like this has happened to me more than once in my lifetime. I think we both agree that this is not a desirable position in which to find ourselves.  However, all is not lost.  When I am in a situation like this I remind myself of the words of an iconic United States Marine named Chesty Puller.  The timeframe was during the Korean War. Chesty (whom I believe was a general at that time) and his men were surrounded on all sides by the enemy and the situation was desperate.


When informed of the situation and asked what he was going to do, Chesty made the following comment: “So they’ve got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those b*****ds won’t get away this time!”  Chesty and his men fought their way out of that situation, and I suggest that it will take a fight for you to get out of your situation. I am sure that Chesty and his men developed tactics and a strategy in order to fight their way out.


As Christians we know that if we are doing God’s will then the battle does not belong to us, but to the Lord.  However we still have to be present in order to learn from the circumstance or situation.  We cannot merely wish that the Lord fight our battle.  We have to be there to develop a strategy and put some skin in the game.  I don’t know if you know it but we live in a participative universe.  God won’t help us unless we help ourselves.