It was ridiculous, really.
A mom would say, “I told you not to do that.”
A mom would have said prior, “You are going to get hurt if you attempt to take that huge thing down the stairs.”
But I would hear none of the motherly warnings in my mind. I was going to be efficient!
I fell down the last half of my stairs.
Unfortunately, I was not alone and only moderately embarrassed. Nope. I had to fall down after my four kids, their three friends, and my good friend were downstairs — waiting on me. And not just any friend. This is my friend who always has it all together. She’s graceful. She’s efficient. She’s frugal. She’s stylish! I adore her.
I figured that I was headed downstairs anyway (at the request of the kids to show the moms something), so I grabbed a large tote full of shoes and clothes that needed to go into storage in the basement. I was going down anyway, so I might as well make the most of my trip. Efficient Mom! (I could hear the applause.)
Halfway down, my foot slipped on a step, and I fell hard. Shoes went flying out of the top of the tote. My rear hurt quite a bit. My pride hurt the most.
I could have cried. From the pain. From embarrassment. I didn’t dare cry in front of my friend, my four kids, and her three kids. No way. I sucked it up. I evaluated my pain and declared, “That’s going to hurt more tomorrow.”
I was right. It hurt way more the next day.
There’s a bright side. 1.)I didn’t break anything of myself. 2.) I wasn’t carrying any liquids when I went down. 3.) I didn’t do any lasting damage. (My friend may think I’m a total clutz now!)
Now I descend the steps like a frightened snail. Confident snails move slow enough! Imagine how slow a frightened snail would move: Going slower than necessary to avoid injury. That’s me on the stairs.
Does that mean I’m officially getting “old”?
How true is this in life as well? Sometimes I make a decision that isn’t great for me. I go ahead anyway, because it seems more efficient at the time. I end up falling and getting hurt, realizing that my decision caused me to hurt for a few days.
I’m talking about hurt of the heart.
Sometimes I make a decision to say something without really thinking about it first. My words can cause hurt to someone else that can last for a long time. (I know this from experience. Words can hurt for a LONG time.) Proverbs 12:18 says, “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 16:24 says, “Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
When we plunge into things without thinking, we could experience hurt. Instead of jumping into things without thinking, we need to stop and pray about them first.
David faced a giant. He desired to defeat Goliath so he could show God’s power and love for His people. David said, “…the battle is the Lord’s.” (1 Samuel 17) He faced the giant with confidence that God would deliver him and the nation of Israel.
So the lesson is this: Pray before you move forward. Pray before you carry big, bulky, heavy things down the stairs. Pray before you speak. Pray before you battle the giants in your life. Cover everything with prayer and LISTEN to the Spirit. (Learn what “LISTEN” really means here.)
Secondary lesson: move slowly and carefully down the stairs from now on!