You’re Not Stuck on the Roof

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Shana Schutte offers three suggestions for you to keep in mind when it seems like you're stuck and aren't making any progress.

My first kiss was a disaster. His name was Kurt and I asked Mom if he could come over to play. The big day arrived, and my kindergarten beau and I were having a fantabulous time.

I don’t remember where Mom was, but while we played in the backyard with my sister, someone got the brilliant idea we should climb a ladder that was strategically propped against the house. What could be better than checking out the world from the roof?

All was well until my sister—who stayed on the ground—took away the ladder and hollered out an ultimatum. “Kiss him, or I am not going to let you down!” What should I do? Of course I did what any smart five-year-old would do. I kissed Kurt. Well . . . sort of. It was more like a bite. His poor lip started bleeding and I was mortified. I don’t remember anything about the rest of our adventure except that getting stuck on the roof wasn’t fun.

My “on-the-roof” experience reminds me of life. There are times when we all feel stuck. One minute we’re climbing. We’re having fun. We’re accomplishing good things for Christ. We’re on an adventure with the Almighty. Then all of a sudden, we feel stuck without much forward movement—and it’s not pleasant.

When you want to make a difference for God and you have a big dream in your heart, feeling stuck can feel like torture. Here are three things to keep in mind when it seems like you are “stuck on the roof” and you aren't making progress how you would like or as quickly as you've hoped.

You’re really not stuck

Remember you may feel stuck, but none of God’s children are ever truly stuck. God is in control (Proverbs 19:21) and He will provide what you need to fulfill your calling. If God has called you to it, He will accomplish it. His counsel will stand (Isaiah 46:10). Perhaps if He could sit with you “on the roof,” he would say, “I will bring it to pass. I will do it. I am in control.” Do you believe that God will perfect that which concerns you? (Psalm 138:8).

It’s up to God

When you feel stuck, it’s easy to panic, and panic leads to striving. You may be working harder and harder to make things happen how you’d like without success. You’re like a truck with its wheels spinning in the mud—and you don’t have peace.

Be encouraged. God is saying to you on the roof, “Trust me. Panic and striving are signs you are not trusting Me, that you are not keeping in step with my Spirit (Galatians 5:25) because peace is the fruit of my Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Remember, you are not an orphan. You are My child (John 1:12) and I am with you on your journey. I made your journey. In fact, I designed it for you from the beginning” (Psalm 139:16).

It’s about little steps

You may feel stuck because you want to make progress faster. In reality, you are taking little steps, but you still feel stuck because things aren’t happening how you would like.

Perhaps if God could join you on the roof, He would say, “If you do not learn to enjoy the little steps you take on the journey I have given you, you will never enjoy the journey because your entire life is made up of little steps. In this, you learn to trust Me. Just as I gave my people manna every day in the desert (Exodus 16:4), every day I will give you what you need to accomplish that which I have called you to. Learn to rest in My love and presence as you work.”

You’re really not stuck on the roof. Tell God that you trust Him and His plan for your life.

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