Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.I Corinthians 10:12
We recently travelled to the east coast to witness my nephew get married to his college sweetheart. We had never been to this part of the country, so we were excited to see new terrain as well as the wedding. We made the trip out there and were welcomed with cooler weather which made it seem like the air conditioner was on outside. We had just left the late summer temperatures of Arizona, and we were quite pleased with the greenery and cooler temperatures. I love Arizona, but it was a nice change of pace and we even got some rain, which I love. We stayed in a 150 year-old house which had its charm as well as challenges. My mother-in-law awoke one morning due to rain drops falling on her head. (Perhaps that song may now be stuck in your head too!) We got some sightseeing in, but we were primarily there for the big day.
We arrived at the wedding which was held at someone in the family’s home, and we had to park on the side of the road due to the moderate gathering. We were out in the country so this was no problem, but it was not immediately known to us where to enter the outdoor ceremony, so I looked for an opening in the bush to proceed through. The hill was a little steep, so I looked to find a place that was less treacherous to go down to the large open gathering space. As I was walking, I heard someone say, “Honey, you should go down the steps over here.” I looked over and saw an elderly couple who were trying to make their way down this little hill, but the wife ignored the husband and attempted to go down the hill without taking the stone steps. She took one step and went headfirst down the hill with her outstretched arm. She immediately groaned, and I walked over to see if I could be of some assistance. She slid pretty far, but I figured it could not be that bad as the grass was soft and she slid like Ricky Henderson stealing a base.
I offered to help and she waved me off as she moaned that she was in pain and needed an ambulance. She was still in the position in which she fell and it looked like she was posing as the Statue of Liberty while she lay on the ground. The husband was embarrassed and telling her to get up; that her arm was hurt and not her legs. I quickly exited as I was trying to stay out of the drama between husband and wife. We entered into the large opening and found some seats at the wedding. As we sat there, we saw an ambulance come and they eventually got the lady who fell and took her to the hospital to be examined. We got a laugh out of it as we thought she was okay, but we later realized she had broken some bones in her arm. I will say I felt bad for the lady after I learned that.
We were leaving the wedding as nightfall was coming and the area had grown dark. We were headed toward that same hill andI made sure to help my mother-in-law navigate this same area as I did not want the fate of the previous lady to befall her. We made it safely up the hill and to our vehicles to leave the wedding. I do not believe anyone else fell that night after that lady, but we would have been foolish to not take heed to the previous accident of the day.
The Christian life is much the same way, and we must not get prideful in what God has done in our lives. We need to be careful of that “hill” and take the steps God has given us instead of attempting to go our own way. Our own way always leads to a fall, and if we approach that hill of pride, we will fall every time. God’s word is true when it says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
What are you playing with today? Have you been filled with pride and attempting to go your own way? Will you take the steps God has commanded you to walk in or will you slide down that hill of pride? The Bible tells us, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We all fall short of God’s glory, so we best take heed of our standing with God before we fall into the dangerous path of sin. May we stay humble before our God and compare ourselves to Him and not to another.