I’ve Fallen—And I Got Right Back Up!

fallen2Have you noticed that what’s true in the physical realm is often not so spiritually? It’s understandable that the older we are, the consequences of a fall are more debilitating and difficult to heal. Wisdom instructs me to hold hand rails and watch my steps, but I’ve also discovered the converse is true in my spiritual life, in matters of my heart and soul.

Circumstances that would have devastated me in my youth are now taken in stride—I recover more quickly and get right back up. As I considered this, I wondered why it’s true.

Have I suffered to the point I’ve become numb? Have I become cynical and unsurprised by adversity? Has my heart hardened to disappointments? It’s none of these reasons—the pain is still poignant. The difference is, I’ve been exercised in grace.

Grace was waiting for me when challenges caused distress. It met me when I was hammered by despair. Grace calmed my heart and carried me when I couldn’t go on. Every debilitating loss provided a fresh discovery of God’s grace—and now, I’ve learned to expect it. This expectation may not be immediate. I often have to sit quietly to center my heart and remember, but God’s grace is always there…

Abundant grace

Fresh grace

Personal grace

Free grace

Sufficient grace

I may sorrow through the night of my affliction, but in the morning I find God’s mercy and grace, faithful and new. Again.

Belief Changers

Picture 1 from Life Alert, picture 2 from Belief Changers

 

 

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debbie Grant
    Sep 13, 2018 @ 08:22:47

    What a awesome thing to reminded of. It is TOTAL reliance on Him that allows us to handle the situations that we are faced with. It is growth through His grace that makes the difference in how we handle things.

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  2. Marie
    Sep 13, 2018 @ 11:27:30

    I love this contrast! A reminder that God is always giving. Just wondering, who gave you my picture?

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  3. katiesweeting
    Sep 13, 2018 @ 16:26:29

    Great word! I find that as I get older I’m not as easily “floored” and I also try not to take myself too seriously. Remember God’s grace through my valleys helps to keep perspective.

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  4. Ellen Pelliccio
    Sep 14, 2018 @ 14:53:16

    Beautiful! Thank you for this. It actually helped explain something to me about me. When I wonder at times how I can remain at peace in the midst of pain or external turmoil – it’s Grace.

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