Fall back, spring forward.
More than a reminder for my clock each year, these words describe the cycles of life.
Falling back hurts.
Failed relationships, financial ruin, illnesses, and disappointments are painful. Setbacks can leave us so scarred and scared that we fail to notice God’s restoration.
It is difficult to see the beauty in front of us if we constantly dwell on our pain. Moreover, a preoccupation with our wounds makes them impossible to heal. When you pick a wound, you irritate it and can cause an infection. Worst case scenario, that infection becomes systemic and deadly.
Some of the deadliest wounds don’t affect the physical body at all, but rather they kill the spirit. They kill hope and faith; they destroy all prospects for a fruitful future.
God can heal those painful situations in our lives, but we must allow Him to heal them.
Ecclesiastes teaches us that there is a time for everything:
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
We must be willing to move in God’s timing.
Merriam-Webster defines spring as to dart or shoot, to issue with speed or force, to grow, arise, to leap or jump suddenly. As suddenly as we fall, God can deliver blessings that numb our pain and propel us beyond our wildest expectations. In an instant, God can restore our faith and give us new hope!
The apostle Paul, once notorious for persecuting Christians, sprang forward to spread the Gospel. Arguably the least worthy and least likely of the apostles, Paul made the greatest impact for Christ by writing much of the New Testament.
When we have faith enough to walk the path God prepares for us, it doesn’t matter how many times we fall.
What matters is that we get up and get moving.
Trust God to propel you forward…
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead
Philippians 3:13 NKJV