It was a dark, cold, windy morning with patches of snow and invisible stretches of ice on our driveway. The “patches” were called “black ice” because they could not be seen.
Suddenly, even though I was walking very slowly and cautiously, my right heel landed on a patch of that ice, and I slipped and fell. The pain was excruciating, and I began to call for my wife. When she saw my situation, she immediately called EMS who transported me to the hospital.
After x-rays and an examination, the doctor said I had ruptured my patella tendon and needed to have surgery. Unfortunately, it took more than six months before I could walk on my own. I had to have some “thing” to lean on or I would fall. This was extremely difficult for me because I did not want to depend on anyone for anything. And every time I tried to walk without a walker or a cane, I would fall. Once I sat on the floor, with my back against a wall for over an hour, waiting until someone came to rescue me. A wiser person would have followed the guidance they were given until they regained their strength and were able to walk again. But, I refused to humble myself and submit to the instructions of the physical therapist. How very foolish of me.
Yet, is that not how many approach life? We know what God wants us to do, but we do not do it because of our pride. When that happens, we pay the consequences.
Many of us have refused to “lean” on and trust in the Lord when we needed His guidance to make the right decision or His power to resist temptation. But, because of our pride, we refuse to “lean” on Him and fail miserably. We think our strength is sufficient. How foolish!
Prayer: Father, it must disappoint You greatly when we have Your wisdom yet refuse to accept it and follow it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 3:5b Lean not on your own understanding.