Recently, I was a bridesmaid in a wedding. I was wearing heels that were way too tall for me, but if I'm being honest, any heel is too much for me.
All of us bridesmaids were running to get to the ceremony on time, and for the life of me, I could not walk without my ankles turning in on me. As embarrassing as this was, it didn't help that the groomsmen, my husband one of them, was watching as two of the bridesmaids made sure I made it over safely.
Wesley took my arm and leaned down and whispered, "You can walk in the heels, you're just too focused on the fear of falling. Breathe, I've got you, you'll be okay."
I don't know how he knew that, but he was right. I was terrified I would trip in the middle of the ceremony and ruin my dear friend's wedding.
I took a deep breath leaned on his arm confident he would not let me fall, and I didn't even come close to stumbling the rest of the evening.
As I've reflected on this moment, I've realized how many times the chaos of life attaches itself to me. I'm tripping, I'm doing everything I can to hold myself up, my friends are trying to carry me, and yet, somehow, I'm still falling.
Often in the midst of life's chaos, I pull away from the Lord's strong arm, and tell Him I can walk in the shoes of life alone.
Over and over I find these shoes are tall, these shoes are uncomfortable, and without the strength of God, I will not make it far.
So, let us take a deep breath and allow the Lord to take our arm.
Lean on Him, for His strength surpasses any man's on earth.
Lean on Him, for He brings rest to the weary.
Lean on Him for His peace surpasses all understanding.
This holiday season, I am so thankful we worship a God who upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
Breathe. Lean on Him. He's got you, everything will be okay.