Life feels stuck when life makes no progress. When you battle the same discouragement you faced a decade ago or struggle with the same fears you faced a year ago. When you feel as though everyone gets to the pool before you and nobody wants to help you. Friend, Jesus sees you. He has a new version of you waiting to happen. He says to you what he said to the man near the pool of Bethesda: “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” (John 5:8 NLT).

Stand up: Do something. Take action. Pick up your mat: Make a clean break with the past. And walk: Hit the trail. Assume that something good is going to happen. Set your sights on a new destination, and begin the hike. Getting unstuck means getting excited about getting out. And remember, friend, you are never alone.