This past week has been a bit like that for me. There is the house that looks like a category five tornado hit, the pocketbook that looks like it’s trying to keep up with our nation’s deficit, the ‘to do’ list that is so long it might just rival the Constitution, the laundry mountain that claimed our house when our dryer broke down and that is just the surface.
Believe me, that is a whole lot of overwhelming. Still, us moms are used to the constant onslaught of mayhem. But when something more deeply affects us, like our health, our family’s well-being, grief, our past mistakes, or rejection that is on a whole new level of struggle.
The knockout punch doesn’t come alone. Nope. It comes on the tail end of lots of other punches. The little things that build to make that last punch so devastating.
I wish we could just skip the whole round of punches, but life doesn’t discriminate. The Bible says in Matthew, “The rain falls on the just and the unjust.” We all deal with struggles. We all fight discouragement. We all have been on the mat not knowing if we have the strength to get back up.
You do not have the strength to get back up on your own. No, I didn’t just turn out the light at the end of the tunnel. See, we think it is up to us to get back up in our own strength.
Here is the secret: We do not need to have the strength to get back up on our own. It is leaning on our Heavenly Father that gives us the strength to get up after what feels like a knock out blow.
Zephaniah 3:17a (NIV)
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
Rising above adversity is realizing who will help you get up after the knock out blow and trusting in Him.
Have you ever been dealt a knock out blow? What did you do to get back on your feet?