Falling Down the Stairs

Falling Down the Stairs

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!

So…

I fell down the last half of my stairs.

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I didn’t do this. But can we collectively say, “Ooo! Ouch!”

 

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!)

That could be a long fall.

That could be a long fall.

 

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”?

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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!

 

18 Comments

  1. Dana, so glad you weren’t hurt severely!There seems to be a common theme in some of the #raralinkup posts I’ve read today. It’s about prayer. We sometimes underestimate the power of prayer, but it is so needed today. I am trying to remember to pray more throughout the day, to focus on God, to ask Him for wisdom and strength. I was encouraged reading your post! Blessings to you!

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  2. At least you fell down a set of stairs – that’s understandable. My fall was from ONE stair that ended up with me in a walking boot for 8 weeks, because I’m just that talented! Haha! Glad you’re not hurt!!!

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  3. Oh, Dana! I’m so glad you survived the fall to tell the tale. When I lived at home with my parents I lost count of how many times I slid down the stairs – hence the single story home I live in now. :) You are so right – we can plunge ahead, even run ahead of God, without stopping to think and pray. We try to multi-task our walk with Him instead of be intentional. Pray, pray – yes!

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    • Thanks for sharing, Tiffany. Sliding down the stairs is not cool. My husband broke a shoulder in a quick fall down some stairs. No joke. I should have known better! Thanks for reading!

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  4. I’m currently slowing down around chairs. I can’t say I’m praying when I walk near them barefoot, but I will say that the toe that I broke by stubbing it on a chair slowed me down enough to get me to pray more in general!
    (I limped over from #RaRalinkup to enjoy your post.)

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    • Angela, Ouch! Broken toe? No thanks. That’s awful! I hope you heal quickly, friend!

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  5. Oh I’m laughing at the stair chair with the smiling lady. My husband threatened to get me one when I hurt my knee in a race last week. Getting older is not joke. Taking on challenges is no joke. Thanks for the smiles today!!

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    • Thanks Meg. I debated that picture, but it made me laugh. That lady looks so happy! :)
      Thanks for reading!

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  6. I tried to bring a small table down from the attic a few months ago and ended up almost biting right through my bottom lip… I should have prayed too 😉 Thanks for this reminder!

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    • Rachel, OUCH! That would be awful. I like to think I’m a lot stronger than I really am, so that gets me into trouble sometimes, too, when I try to get things done on my own! Thanks for reading!

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  7. Dana…we could be bopsy twins my Sister. I am that kinda clumsy for sure. My prayer…Lord don’t let me do that when my “well put together friends” are visiting!

    I just love a lesson with a little laughter! :)

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    • Thanks, Yolanda!

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  8. “Pray before you carry a heavy load down the stairs.” That may be the best advice I’ve heard all day. I tend to barrel ahead with MY ideas. I’d save myself a lot of time and pain if I’d just remembered to pray about it first. Thanks for your wisdom and the reminder!

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    • Jenni, It’s strange that we forget prayer so often. At least, until something happens that makes us halt and realize things aren’t going the way we’d thought. “Oh, maybe I should talk to God about this.” Oops. :)
      Thanks for reading!

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  9. I really really needed this tonight. The Scripture you mentioned in Proverbs stopped me from responding to someone in hurt. I had to just look at my own heart. Thank you! GREAT lesson! Blessings to you from “Espressos of Faith” via #DanceWithJesus.

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    • I’m so glad that God spoke to you through His word! That verse in Proverbs comes to mind for me a lot! I also drive it into my kids on a weekly basis! :) Thanks for reading!

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  10. Dana, oh no! Whoops. I could totally see this happening to me. It is just so great that you were able to make the most of it! Let’s pray that God keeps us safe. 😉 Love your pics. Too funny. You make me smile, big!

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    • Thanks, Kelly.

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