Thursday – June 15, 2023

Proverbs 24-25; Psalm 41; 1 Thessalonians 2

By Becky Hill Martin

Proverbs 24:16

“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.  But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.”

I’m not a graceful person. In fact, if I walk over uneven ground, odds are I’m going down because, well, gravity. I’m highly susceptible to gravity. In life, it’s all uneven ground. Adversity is around every corner and the pressure not to make a mistake is unbearable at times.

When I was a baby, I didn’t care if I fell down. I got back up. I spoke gibberish until I learned to talk. I finger painted with my baby food until I learned to use utensils.  I tried new things, and let my imagination run wild. I was an adventurer. I even drank out of the water hose! The older I got, the more these learning opportunities were labeled “mistakes” and “adversity.”

Sometimes it’s hard for me to pop right back up from being knocked down by adversity. I do (eventually) get back up. I may not be graceful, but I’m covered by God’s grace. His grace is the strength I need to remind me to never give up on getting back up. And, I need to retain that childlike view of the world where adversity and mistakes are just learning opportunities.

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