the slippery slope called life


“Life is not a straight road; often it is more like a maze.” – Gerard Egan, The Skilled Helper

a maze…
with ups and downs…
with rocks and boulders and pebbles and specks…
steep slopes…
flat plateaus…

my recent past has been nothing short of a maze-like, twisting and turning adventure.
filled with questions
and musings
and sorrow
and laughter
and delight
and miracles

but not all of my steps have been sure
not all of my climbs have been safe
not all of my descents have been without injury

If God hadn’t been there for me,
I never would have made it.
The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,”
your love, God, took hold and held me fast.
When I was upset and beside myself,
you calmed me down and cheered me up. – Psalm 94:18-19 (MSG)

the path we are called to journey is unique for each of us
complete with our own sets of trials and triumphs
with our own mountains and valleys

but, we are called to walk it
to climb it
to sit and absorb it
to wade through it

“I  am leading you along the high road, but there are descents as well as ascents.  In the distance you see snow-covered peaks glistening in brilliant sunlight.  Your longing to reach those peaks is good, but you must not take shortcuts.  Your assignment is to follow Me, allowing me to direct your path.” – Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

that is often a tough assignment…
well, I make it tough.
obedience is a clear and simple directive…but it is not at all easy

“If you’ve ever pursued a dream or tried to change an area of your life then you need to hear this: The closer you get to your goal, the steeper the climb gets. And the steeper it gets, the more likely you are to slip.  It suddenly feels like all the progress you’ve made isn’t real, that God should give up on you, and you might as well slide all the way back to the bottom.

Don’t listen to those lies, friend.

If you slip, it may be because you are reaching higher and pushing harder and taking new ground in your life.

The enemy would love for you to believe the opposite. Because then you’re tempted to just sit down and stay completely still so you don’t mess up again. But that also means you never go any farther. Or you may convince yourself you’ve been on the wrong path all along. So you give up and turn around to find a new path–one that must be safer.

We all fall. We all fail. We all have slip-ups and setbacks. That’s simply part of being human. And that’s why need Jesus.” – Holley Gerth

sliding down to the bottom is rarely ever Jesus’ option for us.
pursuit and progress are.

“The climb is always steepest just before you reach your goal.  Keep going, friend.  You’re closer that it seems right now.” – Holley Gerth

take that next step…
whether it is an actual step in a forward motion
or a moment to stop, sit, and listen.

life can be messy
life can be confounding
life can be slippery

Praise the One who gives us life and keeps us safe,
who does not allow us to stumble in the darkness. – Psalm 66:9, the Voice

in the safety of grace…


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