Stay in the Rut

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

I’ve never heard people say, “Stay in the rut”, have you? Usually, we hear the opposite. “Get out of your rut.” I wonder why that is.

Pilot and I walked in some of the ruts of the Santa Fe Trail through Kansas. Those ruts were dug deep into the soil making it difficult to simply hop out of them, or step over them. Once you were in them, it was easier to stay in the rut than get out of it.

As we drove along the highway next to the trail, the ruts were still visible. Amazing. Simply amazing after all these years.


In the days of the pioneer wagon trains ruts were essential to following the path westward. There was an awful lot of wide open prairie to traverse, and with no road signs other than the occasional rock formation with names inscribed on it, an inexperienced traveler could very easily get lost. I get lost driving through major cities even with road signs. I shudder to think what would happen if I set out across the prairie.

When wagons came upon the well-worn ruts of previous caravans, they knew they were headed in the correct direction. I think as followers of Jesus, it is beneficial for us to stick to the ruts laid out by those who’ve gone before us.

We need a guide. That’s where godly counsel comes in.

We need a map. That’s where the Bible comes in.

We need a fixed destination so we aren’t wandering around in circles. That’s where heaven comes in.

When Jesus called his first disciples he told them to follow him. He tells us the same.


We need to search out the path Jesus has placed before us, put our wagon wheels in it, and stay in the rut to our new home.

Have you ever seen the ruts left my wagon trains across the prairie?

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Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him. Matthew 4:19-20 (NLT)

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