Feel Like You Are Free Falling?

Ever feel like you are falling through life without a parachute?  The good news? There is Someone who is always there to break our fall and keep us safe.

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“There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to your help, And through the skies in His majesty. “The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms; Deuteronomy 33:26-27a

I should have anticipated it.

Stress always does this to me.  

Yet, somehow, I was hoping it wouldn't happen this time.

My body is reacting to the stress of the last few weeks with muscles spasms that immobilize me.  I've developed "stress"  hives and allergic reactions to things I'd normally be ok with.  My heart has decided to act up.

Even the meds I am taking are causing side effects that they normally don't.

I get discouraged.

The worst part?  These are the things that used to send me scurrying to my husband to help me figure out what to do.  Now, I'm on my own.

Yes, I know God is with me.  I know He is leading and guiding me.

But it's not the same.

I feel as if the props have all been knocked out from underneath me and I'm suspended in mid-air, waiting for the fall.

What used to work can't work anymore.

Free fall is scary.

Not knowing where you will land is scary.

Not knowing how hard you will hit the ground is scary.

I have to believe, truly believe with all my heart, that God is there to break that fall.

This faith building business isn't easy.

I don't think it is supposed to be.

Just when I think I have been stretched as much as is possible - another stretch presents itself.

God doesn't let us become complacent.  

Yes, He gives us peace.  A peace we can't understand.  But we can't stand still.  We must continue to grow in Him.

And growing is hard.

And each growth spurt requires more faith on our part.

I read somewhere that if we are not moving forward toward God, we are moving away from Him.  Now, I'm not sure if that is true.  I know God allows us to rest.  Yet, we don't get to set up housekeeping there.

Is God challenging you today?  Is He asking you to stretch and stretch and stretch further than you feel capable of stretching?

Take heart - He will not ask more of you that you have the ability to do. 

I am so glad to know that God has caught me in each and every free fall.  I know He will continue to do so.  I also know that in the midst of the free fall, I need to keep looking to God.

For underneath us, every time, even when we cannot see them - are the everlasting arms.

Father God, this journey we call life is challenging.  Help us to look to You, to trust in You, and to understand with all of our hearts that You are truly the everlasting arms into which we fall.  And when we land there, we are safe.  Amen and amen.

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