Friday, May 12, 2017
We Fall Down But We Get Up
While at Brennan's baseball tournament last weekend, I was holding a tall styrofoam cup of ice and water in my lap. Brennan hit the ball so hard -- 3 runners came in. I was so excited I squeezed the cup so hard it broke and burst all over me and my chair. I jumped up out of that seat like a Jack in the Box. I gave the people behind me a really good laugh. You're welcome!
Needless to say, I looked like I had serious personal "plumbing" issues. But....I dried....and so did my chair!
On May 6th (from 2012), a memory popped up from my Half Marathon in Vancouver BC. Sometimes memories remind us also of PAIN! Yes, I finished my run and I beat my best time, but what I read reminded me of how we sometimes fall down.....but we get back up again. I had run my first mile and felt so good, but then, a little lady carrying groceries, stepped out off the curb, right in front of me and I went tumbling. It didn't break her stride at all -- just kept on going across the runners paths. But, me? Scrapes and cuts on elbows, knees, hands. Runners helped me up and pointed me the direction of the medical tent, but I wasn't about to let pain keep me from my "best time" goal. Best laid plans sometimes go awry. What do we do about it? Deal with it. Get back on task. We fall down, but we get up!
There are just times when we life happens, stuff happens, mistakes and inconveniences happen -- for whatever the reason -- maybe just from a lack of focus and/or simple carelessness and/or from not paying attention to God's Spirit in us -- warning us (i.e., me, not getting my passport). We could really get down on ourselves if we focused on the mistakes rather than the victories. I'm so glad that God forgives us time and time again, and just maybe, we should follow His lead and forgive ourselves for some of those crazy things we get ourselves into! We fall down, but we get back up again and again.
In times of uncertainty and upheaval, let's remember that God is our constant. He doesn't change. No matter what the circumstance, God is above it. When we fall down and we get back up again, we, too, rise above our circumstances and encourage ourselves. Yes, we may fall down, but we get up again and again!