Lessons From Falling Off The Road

Yesterday morning, about halfway through my run, my ankle twisted.  My leg gave out and I fell down into the grass next to the road.  It was the weirdest thing.  It didn’t hurt too much at the time.  I was more embarrassed than anything else.  I quickly looked around to see if any cars were driving down the road.  Whew! Embarrassing things aren’t so embarrassing when others aren’t around to witness the event. 

But here I am, sharing the whole story with you on the www.  So, for a moment, please visualize a woman (who is getting closer and closer to middle age) running down one of the flattest roads in the country and, out of the blue, she just falls off the road.  Isn’t that weird?

It’s odd  how things like this can happen with little or no warning whatsoever.  Could I have avoided it?  Probably.  I don’t normally go around falling off the road.

I wonder if this is why the Bible tells us so many times to be careful.  If we are not fully paying attention. if we are not fully engaged in our lives, if we are not constantly looking to Him for our next step, then it is so easy to trip up.  Falling off the road can happen in an instant. 

Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. (Psalm 4:26)
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Corinthians 10:12)
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise ( Ephesians 5: 15)

8 thoughts on “Lessons From Falling Off The Road

  1. Beck Gambill

    Great advice and application! I haven't fallen of the road, because I don't run, but I have had moments in my life that I tripped at the most unexpected times. It humbles me and sends me running back to the shelter of God's presence.

  2. Kelli

    This is a great analogy. I love this sentence, "if we are not constantly looking to Him for our next step, then it is so easy to trip up." So true…Jesus my eyes are on you!

  3. Lisa

    Eileen, this is a great analogy of the warnings given in Scripture. It can happen that quickly. We think we have it all together and are standing (running) firm, and then we fall. Like Peter walking on the water, we fall/sink when we take our eyes off Jesus. Love it!

  4. arnyslight

    Wow…I really like how you write Eileen…

    I saw you at Tony's blog…and decided to push the click button on your name…lol…not particular reason…

    keep up the great writing and perspective!

  5. Eileen

    Beck, you are right it is humbling, we just need to remember who to run back to once we get up!

    Kelli, well said!

    Lisa, Love the example of Peter and can so relate to his apprehension to stay focused and alert!

    Arny, so glad you clicked over! Nice to meet you. 🙂

  6. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Isn't it fascinating how these little truths come to us in the most unexpected places Eileen? 🙂

    Great analogy, and I'm very glad you weren't hurt.

    Have a Blessed Day!

  7. frogsview

    As a bicycle rider I took a ride today and went off the road (on the right side) twice. I had turned my head to the left to listen and make sure there were no cars behind me. Thankfully I did not fall down and was able to get back on the road.

    Be safe out there!


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