Slip and Fall
By Amanda Usher
“I cried out, ‘I am slipping!’ but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.”
Psalms 94:18 (NLT)
There are times when people may feel themselves changing, not necessarily evolving, but transforming into someone that is outside of their character. Their mindsets may morph outside of their normality, threatening their sanity. It’s hard to actually feel yourself slipping into a pit of misery, fear, weakness or depression and not be able to catch yourself. The good news is that there’s Someone who’s willing to save you, even from yourself.
This illusion of a transformation occurs when tragedies seem to increase, and joy continuously decreases. You feel yourself slipping into someone completely opposite of your true character. You’re no longer yourself. You no longer care about anything or anyone. Your trials and tribulations are burying you, and you may not think that you can dig yourself from underneath them. But in the midst of your development, in the back of your mind, there’s one lonesome thought that you can still be saved. But how do you pull yourself out of this depression, out of this misery and into the strength and faith that you once knew? You don’t.
You wait for God to do it for you, because at that moment, you can’t save yourself. You’ve temporarily abandoned the proper tools that God has given you, and now it’s up to Him show you why He’s called the Savior. This isn’t to say that there’s absolutely nothing that you can do because there are definitely a couple of actions that you can take while you await God’s rescue.
First and foremost, talk to Him and build your faith. Pray for His power, but most of all, tell Him thank you. Remember what He’s already brought you through, and thank Him for it. Remember that you’re currently opening your eyes every day, no matter how hard it is to do, so thank Him for it. Thank Him in advance for anything that He will do for you in the future. You may not be yourself, but you still understand who God is as He never changes. He still loves you, and deserves praise. So thank Him before, through and after your battle. While you’re speaking to Him, express to Him how you feel and ask for direction. He’s an understanding God, and will hear your words.
Surround yourself with people who love you. They have to be positive and reassuring people who want to partake in building you up, not helping you fall down. These may be people that God will work through to bless you. They can pray with you, and be members of your local community, your church or your family as long as they wish to uplift you.
Make the decision to build your strength and change your mindset. Studying the Bible could be one way of doing this. You have to choose to not fall and just exist, but rather live life fully. While He has already prepared your escape out of your turmoil, you have to first decide to go to Him and ask for help; but worship Him even after your storm is over.
You may slip, but the Savior will never let you fall.
When’s the last time that you felt yourself slipping? How did God rescue you?
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