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Last week I heard Lonny come home and enter through the garage. Curious, I opened the door to see what was going on. Usually, it means he has picked up some gleaned treasure that needs to be tucked away until its project time…faucets, springs, you never quite know.
In theory, just stepping out to have a look, I abruptly found myself on the concrete pretty much face to face with my bicycle tires. Not exactly a graceful move.
I’m not the clumsy type; I can walk quite nicely in stilettos, but not that day. I’m still not sure what happened; whether I caught my heel, missed the step or just walked out. My darling husband scooped me up and brought me inside, removing my boot, just in case my ankle started to swell. The outcome of this, should I say adventure? - some stiff and sore body parts and a fine black and blue foot. I think my self-respect took a bigger hit. How in the world did I do that?
Mortifying story set aside, there are many things in life that go splat, be it jobs, houses, dreams, relationships or health issues. Then we sit back and ask the same question: how in the world did that happen?
“So Elijah, what are you doing here?”
1 Kings 19:8 The Message
Uh yeah, I’m kind of wondering that myself.
Since splatting is inevitable, is there a point to this excruciating tale of calamity or do we all need to put on dark glasses to conceal our chagrin? Learning from Elijah, and my own life, here are a few thoughts:
- Be aware of what is going on around you – look, watch and then step out
- Sometimes the trip (pun at least partly intended) will be too great for you
- Take time to eat and sleep to gain strength, health and the right perspective
- Maintain your sense of humor. You might as well laugh at yourself and with others
- Listen for the quiet voice of help. It comes as a whisper, not in the commotion
Okay, so here’s how this works, I’ve told you my red-faced chronicle, what’s yours?
Somewhat awkwardly tumbling through life ~ Missy
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