-By Mary May Larmoyeux– Not too long ago, a friend’s son went off on a treacherous mountain-climbing expedition. Before he left, he practiced on a smaller mountain with a 60 lb. weight on his back. Later, when his climb actually began, he was strapped to teammates by a strong rope and given a piece of advice: “Be prepared to fall.” That’s good advice for those in mountaineering and for those of us who are just trying to get on top of the “mountains” in life. Where do you go when mistakes happen … when the setbacks come … when you fall?
Vigilant mountain climbers realize that their foot could slip at any moment. And vigilant Christ-followers do the same. There are different challenges for mountaineers on different terrains, and there are different challenges for each of us in our day-to-day lives.
Where do you go when your two year old has a tantrum in the middle of the isle at Wal-Mart? Who do you turn to when the bank account says there’s not enough money for college? What do you do when the man you married 50 years ago suddenly dies?
The answer depends on two things: preparation and who you are strapped to. Do you spend as much time in the Word of God as you do watching the latest news? Are you confident who you say is at the center of your life can really pull you to safety? Do you truly believe that the words of Romans 8:28 can be trusted? That all things really do work out for good when we are called according to God’s ultimate purpose?
Are you hanging onto the unchanging Word of God, knowing it will never break like man-made rope? That His Word will never fail (Luke 1:37 NIV). And do the words of Psalm 94:18 ring true at the core of your very soul: “When I thought, ‘My foot slips,’ your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.”
As you and I begin each day, the problems in our world and families can seem overwhelming, can’t they? May we anticipate mistakes and setbacks and be prepared to fall. When the challenges come, may we not give up, but instead hang on to the only One who can always come to our aid! As Oswald Chambers says in the daily devotional My Utmost for Your Highest (July 16), “He wants us to keep our minds filled with the notion of God’s control … Nothing happens in any particular [situation] unless God’s will is behind it, therefore you can rest in perfect confidence in Him.”
When the mistakes happen … and the setbacks come, may we remember that God’s steadfast love can indeed hold us up.
So cling to it. And don’t ever let go!
© 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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