"what causes (her) to stumble"
So we're moving along in Bible study, studying the Book of Job. We're having great discussions about Job's trials, and the effect they are having on his psyche. A friend of mine said, the other day, "Job has been knocked flat on his back, and the only place to look is up!"
And that line brought to her mind a story I had told her years ago. A story I didn't even remember until she brought it up. Apparently it stuck with her!
It was probably seven or eight years ago. My kids were young and my days were busy. Busier than they are now, I think. Or at least I was busier, because my kids were less independent. Well one day, in a hurry to get things done, rushing around my house, I slipped on the tile in our kitchen.
I think I took a step forward and put my weight on a wet place. My right foot went farther forward than I intended ~ quickly ~ and I went down on my left knee. And just like that, I found myself in a praying position. I'm pleased to say that I realized it, and I prayed.
I was glad my friend reminded me of this story, because the lesson is good. And it's the same lesson I'm seeing in Job. Just like Job's troubles had him reaching out to God for answers, my slipping and falling (and yes, hurting my knee) caused me to stop in my rushing around. It could have been caused solely by me, not being careful. It could have been caused by satan, wanting to mess with my schedule, and increase my frazzled-ness. Or it could have been caused by God. But no matter which, it was used by Him.
He maketh me to lie down. And sometimes, He maketh me to fall down.
~ "He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul" ~