When the crown slips

Sometimes I wish that when I was younger I had taken up either ballet or gymnastics. I say that because on many occasions I now find myself less than graceful. I’m familiar with the question, “Did you have a nice trip, Grace?” I’ve been known to walk into parking meters, miss the final step on a staircase, have my ankles buckle while walking in heels, and realize a rolling chair had wheeled itself away once I fell to the floor. All this coming from the girl who used to ride her pink bike by standing on one foot atop the banana seat. Not sure what happened since. (head scratch)

Recently I had another unsanctioned attempt at gymnastics. My petite self was carrying one end of a sofa while my 6’2” male employee carried the other at what I’ve deemed an “unnatural” height. We made it out of the receiving area; however, as we made entrance into the showroom I asked if we could pause for a moment so I could regroup. As I began to put the sofa back to floor, I hadn’t taken into account the leather tufted turtle ottoman immediately to my right. There began my twisting and turning as I fought to keep my feet under me without losing the sofa. In what I’ve been told was slow motion, I was able to save the sofa (Yay, I think), but fall wrenched in pain onto another sofa nearby.

The joke around the store from employees now is that I need to wear a helmet and knee pads when coming to work, as well as post “Beware of leather back turtle” signs. I fired them all, but they never take me seriously.

What is serious, is the stumbles we take in our spiritual life. Yes, I’ve had far too many of those as well. I don’t know that I intentionally set out to fall, but once I’m in it, I know full well, I’m there. My thought life gets me plenty. I have a mind where the “repeat” button is permanently stuck on play. I find it difficult to stop the inappropriate thoughts, the what if’s and why did I’s. It causes me to doubt, question and often, make stupid mistakes. However, time distractions are my worst nemesis. (Just check out the scheduling of this blog…too erratic.) Any time I start to do some sort of ministry or outreach, like working on the blog, life gets in my way. I’m easily distracted, make a conscious choice to finish another day and more times than not, to just flat out not be in the mood. I’m a pro at not putting God first and then suffering the consequences of stumbling away from Him.

So why do these stumbles come about? The Bible is pretty clear that the enemy comes like a thief to seek, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Why do you think that is? I believe it’s because he knows that if he can divert our attention, in whatever form, it takes away from God resulting in what he hopes is a major fall from grace. And from that ‘trip’ can come long term injury, like broken relationships, lack of trust, health problems, financial mishaps and sometimes, doubt in God. But God is so faithful. One, He’s faithful to catch us. His word says he will catch us when we stumble so that we won’t fall (Ps 37:24). This comes as subtle nudges that we’re about to cross the line and other times, it’s a full on five-alarm depending how hard of hearing we are. All we have to do is ask and most importantly, listen.

Two, God is quick to forgive when we repent (1 John 1:9) of those things that tangle our feet. His grace is always sufficient for us. He asks that we transform our minds so that we can renew our spirit. And in doing so, we have regained our composure – ready to continue to carry-on with his good works.

So next time someone says, “How was your trip, Grace?” dust yourself off, shift your crown back into place and rest in knowing that it was God’s grace that has given you the opportunity to rebut and restart over again doing what He’s called us to do.

Until next time, stay chic

Vicki

 

John 10:10 (NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.

Ps 37:24 (NLV) Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.

1 John 1:9 (NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

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