“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Off Balance

 by Macy Johnson

“Honest Scales and balances are from the Lord;

all the weights in the bag are of his making.”

(Proverbs 16:11 NIV)


I opened my sleepy eyes on day eleven after receiving the first COVID vaccine. The curtains on my windows spun around me – vertigo! That dreaded sense of imbalance forced me to keep my head straight and level in order to function through the day.


I walk daily to strengthen my legs, as well as my heart. Running is not in my genes. My legs ache to move slowly, steadily on a solid path. Walking poles help to keep me steady and balanced.


My husband and I quickly discovered that exiting our camper required some assistance. We ordered a half step and a grab bar. The additional step reduced the drop to the ground from the camper’s door, and the grab bar installed on the side provided successful exits and entrances. Balance secured!


The gentle tip-tap sound grew louder as rain pelted the plastic roof of the camper and the soft ceilings over the beds. It was no longer drowned out by the low hum of the space heater, turned on high to cut the early-dawn chill in the popup. Power was out! We were off balance. I called the dealer and asked how to restore electricity to the outlets. Russell directed us to switches that had tripped and voila, we had power again! Our balance restored.


Life is a balancing act between sickness and health, right and wrong, off and on. Gravity was created to provide physical balance on this planet - to be able to walk, run, and stand without fear of falling. Jesus provides the perfect spiritual balance between God and man.


I will be thankful for all the ways God keeps me in balance throughout my day. I hope you will, too!

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