There are times we find ourselves stuck in places we do not want to be and cannot get away from. You may have to stay, but you do not have to waste time there. Paul used his prison time to pray, worship, preach and write.

How do you use the places where you feel stuck? Study your place carefully with an understanding that tough places are opportunities for God to do a deeper work in you.

Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist who has appeared on a Ted Talk entitled ‘The Divided Brain[1]. He wrote about our need to live fully with a horizontal and vertical connection.

"Clearly we have to inhabit the world of immediate bodily experience, the actual terrain in which we live, and where our engagement with the world takes place alongside our fellow human beings, and we need to inhabit it fully. Yet at the same time we need to rise above the landscape in which we move, so that we can see what one might call the territory. To understand the landscape we need both to go out into the felt lived world of experience as far as possible, along what one might think of as the horizontal axis, but also to rise above it, on the vertical axis... "[2]

As Christians we often focus on loving people, but not always on loving the places we find ourselves in. Part of loving people requires a love for the culture they are embedded in. God’s Love includes the entire Cosmos.

Dostoevsky wrote:

“Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day.“ [3]

[2] McGilchrist, Iain. The Master and His Emissary (Kindle Locations 619-626). Yale University Press, 2014.
[3] Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Great Books, 1952), p. 167