Have you ever looked forward to something, waited, dreamt and then when the moment finally arrives you realize that it’s not as easy as you thought? That’s how life is! You wait, and wait, and then when you’re finally where you should be you need a bit of help stabilizing yourself because you find yourself a bit off-balance.
Now when your off-balance while standing on firm ground, what do you do? Sometimes we crawl back into the pit we came out of because we want to avoid an embarrassment, we don’t want to fail, and the fact that we weren’t able to hit the ground running makes us want to give up.
King David understood this and in Psalm 40 describes how he waited, and waited, and waited on the Lord, and finally when the Lord heard his cry He helped him, pulled him out of his pit of despair, set his feet upon solid ground and steadied him as he went along.
The part of the verse that says, ‘steadied me as I walked along’ always gets to me. I had an ‘AHA’ moment and realized that so many times we want God to take us to our destiny, God to put things in perspective, God to balance everything out, yet King David says that as he walked along God steadied him.
I’ve learned that in some areas of life, I’m going to have to wait, and wait, and perhaps wait a bit longer, trusting that moment will come because God is listening. Yet I’ve also learned that when my moment comes, I can’t give up just because I don’t find balance right away.
Sometimes we forget that long periods of waiting translate into immobility, which in turn causes our muscles to be inactive and there is not other choice but to find ourselves off-balance. David understood this and knew that although he was a bit dizzy and off-balance, he had to keep walking trusting God would steady him.
Today’s challenge for us all is to keep going, keep moving, keep walking, knowing that if God has placed our feet on solid ground, he will steady our feet. Why? Because before we know it we’ll be off and running. Don’t give up! Let him steady you as you walk along!
“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.”
Psalm 40:1-2 (NLT)