A ROCK and a HARD PLACE
Maybe your mortgage is "underwater." Possibly you are stuck in a bad job. Maybe you've had a bad argument. You live in a horrible apartment, yet can't move or lose the love of your life. No money to pay the bills? It seems you find yourself at the end of a dead end road and the GPS says "turn left now."
We have all been in those difficult situations. They are difficult due to the limited choices at hand and your anxious state of mind. When it happens, you are Caught Between A Rock and A Hard Place.
The term comes from the 1917 dispute between mining companies and the miners in Arizona. The miners made demands, the companies refused and many workers were forcibly deported to New Mexico. The workers had a choice to make. They could stay working at a hard dirty job and be underpaid as they literally faced the rock daily, or go to New Mexico and live in sure poverty.
Just like being "between the devil and the deep blue sea," it's a terrible place to be.
So often in this dilemma we forget that there is another option; going to our knees in prayer. There have been too many situations in my life when I was so caught up in day to day stresses that I forgot that my knees could bend.
When you find yourself between the rock and the hard place; if you feel there are no choices left; when your mind can't make itself be still, bend your knees in prayer.
When you only have a fork, be creative!! When you don't even have a choice, ask God for one. Gary