HELP! There I was.......flat on my back on the sidewalk at our front door afraid to move for fear of what was broken. My elbows, which unfortunately (or fortunately) had broken my fall, were definitely in severe pain but after gingerly maneuvering myself to a standing position once again, I was thankful that was all the damage I had done (although I will say that my ego was pretty badly bruised!) As I stepped out of the car, I thought I could avoid the icky strip of mud between me and the sidewalk by doing a neat little jump over it, landing on the dark spot on the sidewalk, which I thought was just dampness but was actually black ice! Who would have thunk? I DIDN'T! and great was my fall!
A perfect illustration of verse 12 you say! 'So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall.' I thought the sidewalk would be a solid landing spot but I fell.
Anyway, I'm sure you get my drift. Whenever I start to think (and thankfully it's not as often as it used to be), 'HEY! look at me........I'm walking on water!' (spiritually speaking of course) I need to remind myself that maybe it isn't water...........it just might be black ice and I could end up flat on my back if I continue with that line of thinking!
That's when I need to turn and run right back to my Abba Father, grab His hand and say, 'thank YOU for so faithfully guiding and directing in my life. YOU are the one who is all-wise, all-powerful, all-knowing...............not me!
Moral of the story? When you are traveling down life's highway, what you think is just dampness on the road, may actually be black ice. Don't be overly confident in your own ability to handle the steering wheel. You know you aren't that good. There is One who is at the wheel and is guiding your life and so be thankful not prideful!
QUESTIONS: Ever find yourself flat on your back.............metaphorically speaking of course........when you THOUGHT you were walking on water?