Steady: Five Minute Friday

What Keeps Me Steady When The Ground Wavers 

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
 Brené Brown

Happy Friday Dear Readers!

Two weeks into retirement our days look different. There’s no longer a frenzied pace to run errands, make appointments or checking off a list. We gently ease our way into our days, sipping coffee, savoring a slower pace. 

Oh, and by the way, in the season of retirement, every day is date day! 

It’s time for Five Minute Friday, a community where writers come together and write on a one word prompt for five minutes. 

Todays word: STEADY


My gait is not steady, nor is my balance. If you look closely, you may see a slight tremor in my hand, my hanging on to whatever is close by. Notice my curled toes, clenched tightly to the unsteady ground beneath me.

Isn’t that same for many of us? Whether your shifting ground is illness, an unwanted diagnoses, a difficult marriage, a myriad of overwhelming, unholy hard?

Our foundation becomes anything but steady.

Moses knows a thing or or three about this. In Exodus, chapter 17, the Israelites are under attack by the Amalekites. Moses tells Joshua to choose some men and go out and fight the Amelekites. Here is a snippet of what happens:

Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.”
So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle. Exodus 17: 9-13 (NLT)
A steady force present, Joshua and the Israelites win the battle. My heart is tendered when I see Moses’ friends, first, place a rock for Moses to sit on, and second, hold his arms up as he held the staff of God.
Three things leap off the page at me:
1. Moses doesn’t send Joshua into battle with out his presence, nor the presence of God. Joshua was not alone in the battle.
2. Moses took support, the support of his friends and advisors, Aaron and Hur. Aaron and Hur climbed the mountain with Moses and tended him as he held up the staff. Moses did not go it alone, as I, as you, may be prone to do. Rather, he wisely took his people with him.
3. Moses knew without the presence of God, the battle would be lost.
What does this mean for me, for you? How do we remain steady when the ground, when life shifts beneath us?

With the presence of a capable and mighty God.

With His Presence, I am not alone in my unholy hard and you, Sweet Friend, are not alone in yours.

We need community. We cultivate relationship with those who are willing to hold us up when life is unsteady. When our hearts are wrecked and our arms are shaking.

Without the presence of God we will loose the battle.

Without the presence of God, I don’t even want to fight the battle.

Even if, even in losses and battles and unholy heard, I still want the presence of God. I want to look beyond the battle, and see, know, the presence of God is there before me. Holding me up in the unsteadiness of life.

Gifts of Grace

PS: I’m blessed to serve you in this place, to share with you the Gifts of Grace as I journey through the wilderness. I picture you across the table, hands wrapped tightly around your cup, sharing life, and laughter, and tears. As I share with you my own daily struggles, I long to hear what yours may be. Sharing the realness of life. You can do that by commenting below or reaching out to me here.

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