Stuck in the Ditch

Western Theological Seminary Students

READ : Proverbs 3:1-6

Last summer, I was a site director at Cran-Hill Ranch, a camp ministry. One of my duties was to drive the bus for canoe trips. On one such occasion, I got lost between the drop-off point and the pick-up point. When I tried to turn around, I ended up getting both the bus and trailer stuck in the ditch. As I tried several methods to get it out, I realized that I could not handle this task on my own. I ran to the nearest farm yard where an old farmer was mowing his lawn. He grabbed his tractor and chain. Together we pulled the bus and trailer out of the ditch and got them back on the road.

This was a humbling experience. Not only was I an idiot for getting the bus stuck in the ditch, but I also had to come to the realization that I was inadequate to fix the situation. I had to ask for help from someone with more knowledge and better equipment.

What ditch have you gotten yourself stuck in lately? Who is the farmer that you look to in your time of need? In whom do you place your trust?

– Darrin DeVries


Lord, teach us to trust in you and not lean on our own understanding. Help us to acknowledge you in all our ways. Amen.