Knocked Down – But Not Out

WOW – I knew it had been a long time since I had blogged – but I didn’t realize it had been over a month! My apologies to everyone for not writing more often.

It seems like just as I get my rhythm going, whether it’s blogging, or writing, or anything else, something or someone comes along and I get knocked back into yesterday or yesteryear. Does that ever happen to you? What do you do about it when it happens?

The situations are not important to this blog, but at the time of occurrence they were important. Big. Huge. Overwhelming. I’m sure that some of you have experienced situations like that. Big. Huge. Overwhelming. I don’t, in any way, belittle what you’ve gone through. What do you do about it when it happens?

Not only do these situations knock me back, but I allow them to keep me from progressing forward, at least for a while. I tend to isolate myself, from everyone, including God. At a time when I should be running – racing – into His arms, I find myself racing into a corner, hiding, and throwing myself a major pity party. I don’t know why it’s called “party,” because it is not fun. Not for me or for anyone else around me. (Many thanks to my wonderful husband for putting up with me!) So what do I do about it when it happens again? And, it will happen.

In John 10:10 in The Message, we are told: “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” Nowhere in this scripture does it say the “more and better life” will be trouble free. But our God promises: “I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! . . .Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” (Joshua 1; The Message)

Sometime ago, I posted a blog about a person who was on the top of Stone Mountain when he spotted an eagle. He sat and watched this eagle for a while, observing its beauty, its proud stance, its haughty look. Unexpectedly, a strong wind rose. He was sure that the eagle would fly off – away from the wind. But instead, the eagle perched steadfast in the face of the strong wind. The man watched and waited but the eagle never moved. The very instant the wind reached the eagle where he sat on the tree limb, the eagle spread his wings and allowed the wind to lift him up—he soared into the air and away from the mountain. The eagle used that which was coming against him to lift him up. The man commented that he knew there was a lesson there and it would preach. “Take that which is coming against you and use it to lift you up.”

Take that which is coming against you, and use it to make you stronger. Take that which is coming against you and use it to grow your trust in God. Take that which is coming against you and use it to help others.

So what will I do the next time a situation arises that threatens to knock me back? I will remind myself to have strength and courage because God is with me every step of the way. And I will remember the eagle – and take that which is coming against me and use it to lift me up.

What will you do when it happens to you?