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Monday, July 26, 2010

Wipeout

 Have you ever seen the TV show "Wipeout"? Each week crazy people take on one of the world's largest extreme obstacle course hoping to be the "Wipeout Champion." It is at times grueling to watch people get  smacked around, catapulted in the air, swim or crawl through mud, shot in the face with all kind of nasty stuff, and continue to the next round.
For some reason it is my Grandson’s “new” favorite show, (last week it was Little Bear), so when he was over the other night he said, “Grandma, let’s watch my favorite funny show”. I know before you say anything about violence on television I too thought the same thing. So I said, “I don’t think we should watch this, it is kind of a mean and an awful lot of hitting going on”. His response was” No Grandma, it’s funny, they get knocked down but they can get up and do it again”. So we watched it and every time someone would get wiped-out, he would say, “Wait Grandma watch, they get up and get to do it again”.
So here I am, the next day sitting in church and all of a sudden little flashes of the “Wipeout” scenes come flashing through my head. That is when I realized this has been my life for the last several weeks.
I would start out fine thinking OK I can do this, right God, and bam I got sucked punched, knocked me to my knees

 got up and shook it off, feeling the sting on my face I continued on, and bam catapulted into a sea of yuckiness,

got up again and tried to stand tall, and bam and the big old sweeper kicked my feet right under me
I laid down for a while on that one but pulled myself to a half standing position.


Finally, just when I didn’t think I could take anymore I crawled into the throne room of God and begged for His grace. Do you think the course ended there? The answer is nope, the next day received a couple of phone calls, that let’s just say wasn’t the best news, and bam blow to my left side
I limped around on my right for the rest of the day.

As I sat in church thinking of all that has taken place lately and hoping to hear from God, that He will bless me with a calm, sweet week--all I can hear is this little boy's voice about this crazy show-- and I realize I GOT UP! I didn’t stay down in the mud, I didn’t lay down face first drowning in the water, and I didn’t stay on the ground. I GOT UP! I may have crawled at times but I GOT UP! I guess Grace doesn’t always bring victory in the obstacles, sometimes Grace comes with Mercy and just let’s you GET UP and get through the obstacles!


Acts 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the LORD Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.



10 Love your comments:

Anonymous

This was a great ministry to me for "such a time as this"...I very much went through the same thing this week - of course through different circumstances - and this is an encouragement to keep going, when it's tempting to give up...Jesus continues to whisper: I'm here - keep going....

Thank you! May HIS grace continue to pour fourth on you and refresh and revive your soul.

Love,
Adrienne

growinggrays

Thnks for sharing and your insight sweet sister. He really does want to do it all through us and us depend on Him for everything. He reminded me of that again today when I was feeling defeated and scared. It was a gentle reminder filled with grace and mercy. Hugs and loves!!

Monique

OMG - I'm speechless and amazed all at once. God is speaking to me in so many ways, even thru you. You are so good at telling such a heart felt story - Even when you talking about Wipe Out. Boy do I miss you

koralee

Great message! One I needed to hear...sometimes it is hard to remember that HIS grace is always upon us. xoxoxo

Just read your last post..now those cookie pillows look amazing! I have never heard of such yumminess. xoxoxoo

Rachel

Love this post!!!

Merry Graham

From the inspiration of lil' ones (your grandson...okay you fit in there too)we are humbled to learn through your experience. Thanks Laura for your heartfelt and we can all identify message of grace, mercy, hope, love and endurance.

Stacey

Great analogy!!!

The Lazy Mom
visiting via Lazy Wed Walk from www.imalazymom.com

Asst. (to the) Room Mom

GREAT POST! We laughed at everyone on that show, but in reality, when you're getting pounded like that it's not that funny. I feel ya. There are nights I go to bed feeling like I was in a boxing match all day w/ my hands tied behind my back. Thanks for the encouragement!

Linda

Great post and such truth!
God is good all the time...no matter what happens.
And He never leaves us down and out, but pulls us up out of the pit.

Jenilee

this is a beautiful post!! thank you so much for linking it up so we could ALL read it and learn from it! YES! Grace and Mercy is what carries us through no matter what!!

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