I have a Spotify playlist that I've been listening to at least three times a day.
I long for this playlist to ring in my ears when I'm getting ready in the morning, when I'm driving in my car, and when I'm sitting at my desk. The best way I can describe the feeling I have when I listen is that this playlist is my ladder.
I believe that God walks by our side as we move along the path of this life. But as we travel, I also believe we fall into pits pretty regularly. Pits of shame and judgement and doubt and selfishness and sadness and comparison and a plethora of other things that can make make us suddenly feel surrounded by dirt, unable to see God or the way out.
We need ladders.
I'm starting to believe that God is leaning over the side of our pits and sending ladders our way, if only we have the eyes to see and the courage to climb. And if we miss the first one, in his gentle goodness, he will send another, and another, and another until we find our way out.
Worship music has been my ladder these days. I drive along the road and sing at the top of my lungs over and over again, "How great is Your faithfulness" and I believe it. I really truly believe it, and my soul climbs out into a spacious place of hope. But sometimes it only takes the distance from the car to my desk to fall back into a pit of anxiety.
And so I listen and sing and climb that ladder again. And if I forget the ladder is there, God graciously nudges me with it, and reminds me to look and see and climb.
This is what I believe spiritual practices do for us. They are not some strict routine we have to complete in order to please a difficult Father. They are gifts. They are ladders. In different kinds of holes, and various seasons of our lives, the ladder we need to escape might change. It might look like liturgy or podcasts or breath prayers or Scripture memorization or community conversation or gratitude practices or journaling or worship music. But whatever it is we need, it feels to me like God never tires of leaning over the side of our pits and sending ladders our way again and again and again.
I believe that our loving Father wants to help us climb out of our pits and into spacious places. Space where we no longer feel surrounded by dirt and darkness, but love and hope. Abba wants to bring us to a wide open field where he can plant seeds of new life within us once again.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me. - Psalm 18:19
Is God nudging you with a ladder right now? I pray you will have the eyes to see it and the strength to climb.
You are welcome to see if my ladder will help you as it has helped me. Here's my playlist: