from facedown to firm footing

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” (Habakkuk 3:19a, NIV)

So, yeah, that happened. I was mowing the grass the other day, and struggling with the steep slope in our back yard. I stepped on a rock and ended up stumbling/rolling down the hill. I got pretty muddy, and a scrape down my leg, but nothing was hurt more than my pride. I know I’m not the most nimble afoot, but I was a little surprised how quickly I lost my footing and ended up facedown on the ground. I was able to get up and finish the job, but not without the bloody, muddy reminder of how it felt to lose my footing.

This proves to be a valid metaphor for life, doesn’t it? One moment you’re be-bopping along, and then, *splat*, you’re facedown wondering how you got so muddy and bloody. Or maybe you knew you were already traipsing on uneven ground, and your footing finally gave way. Whether or not you’re nimble or fleet afoot, the Lord enables you to tread only where angels trod.

The context for today’s verse is a prayer of the prophet Habakkuk. The prophet is declaring God’s power and dominion over nature and everything in it. This is true for you and me, too. Even when (as we explored yesterday) nature’s flames singe and flood waters soak, the Sovereign Lord cares and protects you.

If you find yourself facedown, muddied, and bloodied, know that God is your strength. He longs to help you navigate the highest heights with a swift and stable footing only He can provide. Trust Him. Allow His steady strength to stabilize you as He helps you regain your footing for a journey you couldn’t possibly otherwise imagine…even when it might feel like work in the meantime.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being my strength, and stabilizing my footing as I travel the higher path with you. Help me when I lose my footing, and heal me when I feel broken. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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