Watch Your Step!


My husband and I took five days in October to hike the mountains of western Massachusetts. We thought the autumn would be a beautiful opportunity to spend some time surrounded by the colors of the season. What we didn’t predict was the amount of leaves on the trail that became almost treacherous after  the rain began!  Added to the wet leaves were the wet rocks sometimes hidden beneath the leafy blanket.  In spite of wearing great hiking boots, I wiped out more than one time when my footing was not as sure as I expected it to be.

In life, we often traipse along, not really examining where we’re about to step. We just keep on keepin’ on, and don’t put much thought into the choices we make throughout the day. Sometimes, though, we step where we shouldn’t, and end up on our derriere! Thank goodness, most of the time we can get up again. Even though our pride may be bruised a bit, we can brush ourselves off and take yet another step.

Imagine what would have happened if I slipped on a rock and ended up so embarrassed that I refused to move on. How silly would that be? But sometimes we do just that to ourselves. We make a wrong choice, fall down, and refuse to try again because the shame and embarrassment are just too much to bear. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to get stuck on the side of a mountain while the rest of the world keeps on keepin’ on!

Have you slipped? Get up, brush yourself off, and take a step. You’re not the first one to slip there, and you won’t be the last. Don’t give up now! Maybe God has allowed you to fall in some area so that you can empathize with others a bit better instead of judging them for their weakness. Or perhaps He wants you to be an example to others of His power to restore. Then again, maybe He simply wants you to learn to depend on Him for guidance.

Do you need help in the wisdom department to avoid more of those falls? James tells us, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you” (James 1:5). 

Ask, and then listen…

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