I mean out.
I was on the ground so fast I hardly knew what happened.
I sat there stunned with my elbow bleeding, the palm of my hand numb, my hip smarting and my ankle burning. It was not where I wanted to find my forty six year old body... sprawled out in the middle of the street for the world to see.
But there I was anyway. My thoughts immediately went a little crazy, "I'm not going to be able to walk home, I'm going to have to call Sean to come get me. Where am I anyway?"
I slowly returned to rational thinking and began to assess my injuries. Coming to the conclusion I could make it home on my own, I pealed myself off the pavement, with as much dignity as I could muster, and continued on my journey.
There are times when our life can mirror my walk experience. You embark on a journey you feel God calling you to take ... perhaps:
- You begin living a healthy lifestyle, changing your eating and exercise habits.
- You and your spouse agree to marriage counseling, attempting to put a broken relationship back together.
- You start up a new business or ministry venture, excited and terrified at the same time.
- You choose to begin the process of forgiving someone who has wounded you.
- You walk away from an unhealthy relationship, feeling alone, yet knowing God is asking it of you.
- You respond to God's prompting as He asks you to obey Him in a specific area of your life.
Then, out of the blue, the unexpected happens. You hit a pothole in the road. You fall down.
- Life gets hectic and busy and you find food calling your name to comfort you.
- You and your spouse have a huge fight and you think "Things will never change between us, what's the use of trying."
- Business plans begin to fall apart as people don't keep their word.
- That person you need to forgive treats you badly...again.
- New friendships aren't forming as fast as you thought they would and loneliness overwhelms you.
- The cost of obeying God becomes too much to handle.
Why not assess your injuries.
Is quitting the answer?
Perhaps not. Wait. Listen.
God is with you. Just because you have tripped, fallen down and find yourself sprawled out on the street, doesn't mean you can't finish the journey ... that His plans have changed or He has abandoned you.
Anything worth doing is going to have some moments of pain, frustration and fear. No adventure of changing happens without an occasional hardship and challenge.
I am reminded of a line from the movie, A League of their Own, where Tom Hank's character is responding to Geena Davis' character after she says, "It just got too hard." He answers her with this truth ...
"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great."
Remember Whose you are! Who you belong to. Who has called you on this journey.
God doesn't call us out on the water and then leave us. He is close ... so take His hand and let Him help you up off the pavement today ... and continue on, girlfriend.