CHICKEN PIT

Ps.40:2,3 – He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD.

Did I ever tell you about the day I fell into the chicken pit? It had to be the most disgusting and stinky day of my life. It was a cold, rainy day in the San Joaquin Valley and I was rushing to work. It had been raining all night and was 40 something degrees outside. I got to work at the B and C Egg Ranch at 7 and the workers were in a panic. The pump that was used to pump the liquified chicken manure had shorted out and had been pumping liquid chicken mess all night. I went running to the scene of the disaster between two of the chicken houses and was shocked at what I saw. The whole area was flooded with liquid chicken mess at about a depth of one foot and the pump was still pumping into the army style water truck which had overflowed hours before. I took off running (I had my boots on) through the mess to turn off the pump. There was only one problem, I forgot about the fourteen foot deep pit that was next to the truck. Remember, the whole area was flooded and you couldn’t see where the pit started or finished. I’m sure you already guessed what happened next. That’s right, in I went into that pit of liquid 40 degree chicken mess. By the grace of God I kept my head from going under. I was able to get out and get a change of clothes ( the shower had to wait until after work). Ill never forget the smell that seemed to stick with me for days. I understand a little bit of David’s pit.

The point of this story is this, all of us have made bad mistakes in our lives. Often, the consequences are like that stinky pit of chicken poo. It’s what happens in those pits that can be life changing. We can get consumed by our horrible circumstances or we can allow the Lord to put a new song in our mouth. Maybe today finds you in one of those horrible, stinky pits of despair. Call on the Lord and before you know it you too will be singing His sweet, sweet song.

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