Walking Wobbly in this World

Coming to grips with weakness and aging and mortality can produce a perspective that has been fine-tuned and deep and rich.

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we have not ceased to pray for you,
. . . to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work
Colossians 1:9-10 ESV (emphasis added)

I’m walking wobbly these days. Intermittent vertigo and bouts of mild dizziness have been mine as I go about my daily life—difficult because I never know when it will hit (two times while driving were terrifying).

So changes have been made, especially since the testing determined that a couple of small strokes (past) in the balance area of my brain are likely the cause of my symptoms. Scary, but good to know, and now to process.

Coming to grips with weakness and aging and mortality can produce a perspective that has been fine-tuned and deep and rich. And so this is happening afresh and anew for me.

I’m listening for the Voice of my indwelling Shepherd ever more closely.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
John 10:27 NLT

And asking Him, “Are these the ‘good things’ YOU have for me to do at this stage of my life?”

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 NLT

And thankfully, I can “walk worthy” (see Colossians 1:10 above), even while I “walk wobbly” in this world.

My stability is fixed!
I am HIS and HE is mine.
I am in HIM, my ROCK,
and HE is in me, His dwelling place and feeble instrument in my wobbly world.

Can I ask you, my friend, “What is your wobble?” Is it . . .

physical — chronic physical illnesses and handicap. . .
emotional — anxiety, depression, loneliness. . .
relational — excluded, separation, divorce, widowhood, estrangement. . . ?

No matter what it is, why not join me in “walking wobbly” and “walking worthy” in our Stable One — our indwelling Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Spirit?

Lord God, our Rock and our Stability,
We walk in you today. We rest in You. We abide in You.
We cling to You.
We snuggle down deep in YOU today.
Lead us in Your path for us, no matter how wobbly it may be.
We trust YOU, our only Hope and Surety.
In Jesus Name. Amen.

“And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved.”
Romans 8:23-24, NLT

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18, NLT

 

 

This is an updated edition of a post originally published on abranchinthevine.com

Featured Image by David Billings 

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About the Author

Jan Loyd is a child of God, a disciple of Christ, a Jersey girl, a former nun, a teacher, and now a wife of 48 years, mother of two, grandmother of 5 boys and finally a baby girl...these are just some of the hats she wears or has worn. Her hat as teacher has seemed to be one she’s worn her entire adult life, ranging from teaching elementary school, homeschool, adult ESOL and GED language and writing. But along with all of these opportunities has been her favorite above all the rest: teaching women the Word of God in various ways, Precept Upon Precept and Bible Studies she’s developed by the grace and tutelage of God along the way. The heart of the message that she delights to share is that we are in union with the Living God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Currently you may find her on her devotional blog “A Branch in the Vine” where she shares several times a week and in her Bible Study/ devotional book The With-ness of our God: Relationship in Every Dimension.