Footing that was stable suddenly shifts making every step an adventure of where I will land. Gingerly, I make my way across the room holding to the dresser, the wall, the door frame, the chair. What was an easy few steps has become an obstacle course accompanied by a stomach that is performing its own gymnastics. There is an amusement park in my head, and the dizzy, spinning sensation is no fun.
A recent bout of vertigo made this description my reality for several days. Add to that a challenging schedule as I maneuvered through the difficult tasks that accompanied the loss of a loved one, and you can visualize my week.
My prayer was, “Lord, give me strength (and stability)”, and He did.
While I worked through this time, I was reminded of a verse in the tiny book of Jude.
Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Physically, I was looking for something, someone, who could keep me from falling. Here, Jude describes God as my Savior (Rescuer) Who is able to keep my heart and soul from falling.
These verses come at the end of Jude’s discourse on the waywardness of the end times and the difficulties that will be present. Yet, no matter how difficult or trying life may be, he assures us that God is able to keep His children.
God is able. I love those words!
In a world that appears to be spinning out of control, they are important words for the child of God to remember. God is able to keep me from falling, from stumbling.
He can keep me from sin in a sin-filled world.
He can keep me stable in an unstable world.
He can keep me.
I can rest in that thought,
even when I have vertigo.
Psalm 25:20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Photo – Rooted–Cypress Swamp, Beth Mims