The prompt is Fall. The link is Five Minute Friday. Hundreds of people write for 5 minutes about the prompt and then link up at Lisa-Jo Baker's site (see button below). Let's get started.
My biggest falls were never planned. They were not foreseen. They just happened and I wondered later how I could have ended up on my back instantly like that. It’s an art I think. A skill. Or just something I do well. I’ve found nothing speeds that trip up more than wheels underneath me. Like the time I decided to try out my children’s new Ripstick on Christmas at the skate park with the kids in the “pool”. Did I mention the lack of a helmet? Or the three consecutive trips to the chiropractor. Or the trip to the doctor for pain meds? That was one of those falls. I’ve had those kind of falls into sin too. My undealt with disappointments, my discouragements, those ugly tendencies that reach deep into my childhood and fight stubbornly for control of my heart… all those things speed up my fall so that I usually don’t know what hit me until I’ve sat dazed in a puddle of crud for a minute and wondered how I got there. I made a vow that Christmas. Don’t put ripstick wheels under me. I’m too valuable to my family to be laid up with a sore back or worse, since it could have been so much worse. And I made a vow to my Lord as well. I’m not going to put the wheels of disappointment, past hurts and bitterness under me and try to take a trip around the block. I’m too valuable to my family, my church friends, my God to be laid up or taken out, and I enjoy walking in freedom enough to know it’s a good choice.