This is the third blog in this series of healthy living; body, mind and spirit. We may not fall gracefully, but we can rise up powerfully…..
Getting tripped up is never the goal in life yet it is a fact of life. Everyone falls down at one time or another; every one of us. It starts when we are young. I remember running around the playground in my red plaid skirt with knee high white socks and black patent leather shoes. Both knees were covered with bandages due to stumbling. Many times those falls made me cry and bleed. Sometimes they were embarrassing and sometimes they made me laugh, but all of them had the potential to create scars.
Today, however, I’m not writing about falling physically, though it may apply. I am talking about tripping relationally, financially, professionally, and emotionally because of our own mistakes or through being caught in the cross-fire. Either way, falling can really hurt.
As I was considering the topic of rising after a fall, I googled it and found eight million plus results. Being derailed is part of our journey in this world since the beginning. Not long after God created Adam, he fell.
This blog is dedicated not to falling down but to falling up
A friend of mine once told me that it’s not the mountains we trip over but the pebbles along the way and looking back through my life I have twisted an ankle and broken a bone in my foot on the rubble more than once.
If I want too, I can hang on to certain undesirable events. I can carry them around with me like a bag of stones that I drop on my foot every once in awhile as a painful reminder. In fact, it happened for a second earlier today as I closed my eyes to pray. I got sucked into a whirlwind of tormenting thoughts; ‘I wish I could have’ and ‘only if I would have’ and ‘I should have’. It becomes so easy in that frame of mind to obsess a bit and think; ‘why didn’t I say this’ and ‘if only I would have said that’ and the classic, ‘gosh, why didn’t I just keep my mouth shut.’ All of those thoughts seem normal in this fallen world, don’t they. But those thoughts are like a sticky spider web that attracts depression, deception and fear.
It’s easy to get caught up in coulda, shoulda, woulda soup
Instead let’s look at the truth and wrap our minds around the fact that the “should-a” moment is over. Perhaps we failed, perhaps we didn’t, either way, we can never get that time back. We mess up and we fall down, but could it be possible that each time we do, we get up just a little bit wiser? Could it be possible that we truly can rise above our trials, fall up instead of down in the midst of it all.
What if we begin to understand within these unfavorable events, our determination can be demonstrated, our character can be polished and our hope can be elevated. The really cool thing about all of this is we get to choose. We can stay in a big bowl of coulda, shoulda, woulda soup topped off with a shot of poor me or we can rise up, dry off and begin again.
I have experienced times when I fell flat on my face only to discover it was the best thing that had ever happened to me. Looking back to my teens, twenties, thirties, forties and yes even my fifties, I see so many occasions where I could have just retired to the sofa, determined never to move again. I really coulda just sat in front of the TV and checked out, but I didn’t.
God has a plan for us to prosper and if He says it, I believe it. I am more than an overcomer not because it is easy but because He said so. If you are going through a life event today I pray that even if it hurts, you will eventually consider it joy because the joy of the Lord is our strength. Laugh. Fake it if you have too. But just do it. Laugh and watch the stress and anxiety melt away. Don’t isolate yourself but seek GODly counsel and stay in a mode of worship. Whatever the struggle is it will pass. You don’t have to trust me, but always be striving to trust Jesus. He has a plan and it is GOoD.
Check out scriptures below for inspiration through the storms of life. We can always count on the Word to lift us up.
- Romans 5:1-5
- Romans 8:37
- John 16:33