Ms. Accident Prone: Watch Where You Step

He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. Psalm 112:7-8 (NIV)

To commemorate the ending of my church’s Bible study session, the leader invited us all to her house for brunch. I was excited about attending and brought baked apples and a breakfast drink. When it was time to leave I collected my leftover apples and the drink, never touched. I invariantly spilled a quarter-size drop of the liquid onto my host’s living room carpet. I was horrified by my mistake and my actions that followed. They weren’t very Christian; the actions were full of fear. I automatically turned around to see if anyone saw me (guess a knee-jerk reaction from childhood days). No one else was in the room, so I soaked up the spilled drink and left. I debated if I should tell the host, but fear won out as I was afraid of the confrontation and afraid to reveal my mistake. I was letting fear dictate my actions, and as a result I was going against God’s promise of tranquility. It wasn’t a peaceful day for Lisa.

Eventually I got up enough nerve to call the study leader to confess that I had accidentally spilled some drink on her carpet and tell her I would take care of any monetary damages. The kind woman said that wouldn’t be necessary and said how glad she was that I joined the Bible study. I felt such relief as I hung up the phone. I fell in God’s good graces again, although I knew He hadn’t left me, but my trust in Him did. Thankfully it was only temporary.

Lord, You alone have the answers to all my questions and problems. I don’t want to search anymore. Meet me where I am and please make yourself real in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.