[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat do we do when life trips us up? The motto for performers is to "get back up again." We've seen famous singers like Beyonce, Lady Ga-Ga, and JLo hit the floor in front of thousands of fans.
Instead of stopping their performance, they "get back up again" and keep going. I admire their ability to carry on even after a disastrous moment.
I had a moment similar to this two weekends ago, at a friends' wedding in Dothan.
While I was talking to one friend at the reception, I noticed Adeline running around the corner of the building so I excused myself to retrieve her. I learned that night that it is not wise to chase a toddler in heels. As I was walking toward her, I tripped over a drain pipe coming out of one of the brick columns. All of a sudden, the reception turned into slow-mo. I felt every single head turn in my direction as I flew my arms up in the air trying to steady myself. Fortunately, I didn't fall all the way to the ground, but I'm pretty sure my face turned bright red. Rounding the corner, I breathed a prayer of thankfulness and did my best to compose myself before going back to the reception.
Have you ever had a moment like that? When you had no choice but to get back up again?
In life, we all have stumbling blocks. Whether it is physical stumbling blocks or our pride, ambition, or sensitive feelings...we all have something that trips us up every now and then. [quote] Proverbs 29:18 says that if people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed (The Message).[/quote]
Lately, I have felt like I've been stumbling all over myself. I've known for a while that change is coming. The twins are turning two, our house is for sale, and we are approaching our five year wedding anniversary. So much is going on right now with my family and our life circumstances. To be honest, some days it is just too overwhelming and stressful. I've found myself to be the butt of many of our problems and a stumbling block to the greater good. Y'all know that I struggle with being wrong and not in control. Finding myself in this place has revealed so much of my true, earthly character and it is not pretty. It is self-centered, vain, and immature. Satan has been having a field day with these stumbling blocks and I have had such a hard time getting back up. Its been easier to just sit and make myself at home in this ugly place.
But the pit is not a home.
It is a bottomless place that is sad and depressing. And. it. just. keeps. getting. worse. No good comes from dwelling in the pit. Thank God that he is strong enough to lift me out of the hole and back on solid ground. Through gentle revelation, he has shown me areas of my life that needed improving. Tending to these matters has truly made me more thankful for where we are in life and our current circumstances. I've realized that even though drain pipes might trip me up that I am strong enough to get back up again.
[pullquote_left]Question: What stumbling blocks are you facing right now? Is there an area of your life that you need to have revealed?[/pullquote_left]
I thank you for each and every person that is seeking your truth today. We are so glad that you love us and protect us from the enemy and any stumbling blocks that he throws in our way. With you, we do not fear. With you, we are safe. With you, we are lifted out of the pit and placed on solid ground. You are our refuge, our home, and our guardian. If we stumble, you will catch us from falling. Thank you for revealing your truth to us today and may we carry on our day with gratitude toward your many blessings.
In Jesus' name,
Till next time, let your light shine!
*Based off Psalm 91:1-13 & Proverbs 29:18, The Message.