I have never met the young man. I don’t even know his name. But I can relate with him. He’s a senior in high school, graduating tonight with one of our sons. He has a special superlative, voted on by his classmates. He’s been dubbed, “Most Likely to Trip During Graduation.” (we didn’t have that honor when I graduated!!) His friends are challenging him to live up to the title tonight. We’ll see…
I can relate with being the Most Likely to Trip….I’ve done it a lot. In this journey of life, I’ve tripped up, dropped balls, made mistakes, been undisciplined, lost passions for the best things as I became overwhelmed with the urgent things, and I’ve often looked inward more than I have blessed outwardly. Most Likely to Trip.
Today, I was reminded of a great truth for “Trippers” like me:
Psalm 37: 23-25
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord; And He delights in his way. When he falls, he shall
not be hurled headlong; Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand. I have been young, and
now I am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken.”
And the beautiful evidence is right there in the Good Book. There are some pretty big “Trippers” in there!! Great men of faith stumbled…they murdered, lied, stole, deceived their parents, showed favoritism, had affairs, denied Christ. But their story doesn’t end with them lying flat on their faces, down for the count. No, the rest of their stories show that the hand of God is holding them vertical. And not only do they stand, they end up running and not even growing weary; “Trippers” becoming “runners,” used to honor God and to tell of His mighty hand to a tripped up world.
If you’ve stumbled, made mistakes, lost your way, or think there’s no real future for you, run to the Hand-Holder. He says He’s not finished with you! He’s always calling “Come! Come!” So run to Him and don’t worry about tripping.
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it
until the day of Christ.”