“I AM HE!”

April 8, 2017

When I am wounded,

I have two options

from which to choose.

I can stare at it,

poke it

again and again,

and worry why it does not heal,

or

I can take my trouble

to the One who can!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2017

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Leap Day

February 29, 2012

Okay, this post is about another sort of leaping and not about how many days appear on the calendar this month.  The word leap appears many times in the Bible and I was curious to view some of the verses . . . this one caught my eye and tugged at my soul:

For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
2 Samuel 22:29-31

Who among us has not felt surrounded by enemy forces against us or penned in by high walls which keep us from being happy, successful, at peace . . . yet regardless of walls whether real or imagined, and walls often constructed by our own human weakness, He brings us joy and peace and strength.  Our faith in the Lord enables us to not just climb over those walls, but to knock them down.  In Christ we are truly set free! 

And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
Acts 3:7-9

 


Have You Hit the Wall?

August 3, 2011

In life we sometimes find ourselves running “full steam ahead” and other times hitting the wall.  This can be at best a surprise or at worst, result in a sore nose.  What do we do when this happens?  Typically, there are a number of ways we react to this.

  • We stop
  • We stare at it as though questioning the existence of the wall
  • We stop and focus on our sore nose or toes from the impact
  • We get annoyed that it slowed us down
  • We sit down and think about who must have put it there
  • We sit and think about what a big wall it is
  • We sit and consider whether it’s made of wood, plaster or brick
  • We sit and wonder if it’s the only wall out there
  • We sit and wonder how many walls might be waiting for us
  • We want to find that wall builder and give him a piece of our mind – the blame game

I could go on.   This is what I’ve done when hit by walls in my path and I know I’m not unique.  There are problems with this list.  Blame doesn’t change anything.  Whether we find someone to yell at or not, the wall is still there.  If we were moving along so nice and fast, we can be glad we made some progress and thus know that the wall doesn’t necessarily present as big a problem as we initially thought.  We can get on our feet again.  You know, when you’re sitting down on the ground looking up at the wall, it looms larger than life, but when you get up on your feet and face it, that initial reaction begins to change to one more reality based.  We should, rather than dwelling on how it was built, focus on how we are going to knock it down or break through it!  Can’t do either one of those?  We will simply have to learn to climb over it!  As to how many walls we might face as we begin again to move forward?  Why be slowed down by concerning ourselves with walls that may not even be out there?  We will cope with them when and if they appear.  Besides, while the first one was a shock to us and loomed larger than life, as we approach more and more of them, our skills in managing the challenge will have grown and experience will tell us that facing the wall wasn’t something that stopped us, but rather something that helped us to grow stronger!


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