Thursday, June 11, 2009


Tripping as defined by Merriam Webster: to catch the foot against something so as to stumble or to make a mistake or false step.

I have trouble with tripping. I’m not talking about the 60’s kind of tripping. I trip all the time - weekly and sometimes daily. I think it’s because my feet are smaller than the rest of me. Anyway, this past week was one of my best “trips” ever.

I don’t know what I was thinking, but picture this: I was walking in my apartment and trying to drink at the same time. I have a large cup in my hand and my elbow is sticking out because I’m holding a cup to my lips. My elbow bangs (hard) against the door as my cup bangs into my mouth, causing me to bite my lip and spill the contents of my cup onto my shirt.

I stood there for a moment looking down at my shirt, rubbing my elbow and licking my sore lip. I could cry or laugh but instead I just stood there in stun disbelief.

Tom and I are teaching a class at our church called the Art of Hearing God. Even though it’s a class designed to help people hear God better, it focuses on character over gifting. I taught on the Dark Night of the Soul which is about when you find yourself in the wilderness and feel like God is far from you. In reality He is helping you draw closer to Him and seek Him out.

When I’m in a dark place I could “trip” and give up on my way to my destination. I could cry, laugh or just be paralyzed in stun disbelief when it happens. What I need to remind myself is if I “trip” it’s just a false step and I need to continue in the direction I am heading. If I stay the course, even if I “trip” He gets me to the other side.

© Nadine Zawacki 2009


Scarlet said...

"Even if I trip, He gets me to the other side." Giving up on Him is not an option...and He is the only way to the other side.

I love this post! It tripped me out a little. ;)

Dawn said...

I trip a lot, too! I'm really clumsy. I have sprained my ankles so many times it's pathetic. Also have quite a few scars from stitches on my chin. But I have to say, not once did I come up with a spiritual application. Great!

JEWELIA said...

I know about tripping all to well in my walk with God and just walking around on this earth. And also hitting my head on the point of my cabinet door in my bathroom when I bend over to pick something up. Boy does that hurt! Why do I seem to hit the same exact place? Is there preventive medicine for tripping or hitting my head? Even when we trip or get hit in some way he picks us up and we move on even if it's with tears in our eyes..

chelle said...

Once again you make a perfect analogy out of a simple daily thing! Amazing.

Shionge said...

What a positive message there Nadine, thank you :D

I hope the pain is off now!!

Keshi said...

what an inspirational post Nadine! I needed this today, so TY!

btw I trip quite often too ;-) I did just this morning!



Marla said...

Good lesson for me today.

Kate said...

Ohhh that's good!
Love the Dark Night of the Soul mind was flooded with thoughts just from you mentioning it.
Ok, I can't resist...
~see you next fall
Glad you weren't seriously hurt!
Love you.

Brenda said...

I'm part of that club, so you're not alone. Sometimes I wonder just how I get in some of the predicaments I get into, whether in the natural or spiritual. Thankfully, He does reach out and to help me. So grateful for his mercy!
Glad I had a little time here to come for a visit.
Hope you are getting settled in too. And Happy Anniversary!
God bless,

palmtreefanatic said...

Very inspirational Nadine!
love your posts!

Louise said...

Loved that!

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

...and that's a good thing, because I'm such a klutz sometimes!


Christina said...

I had to laugh since I too am a tripper. My hubby always says "watch your feet."

Sharon - Mom Generations said...

I LOVE this post! I will never TRIP again without thinking of you, your elbow, your lip, your spill... and, of course, God! You have such a perfect way of teaching and reaching, using life's most simple moments as lessons. Thanks for sharing this... !

Ann(ie) said...

I am often called a bull in a china shop....I so would do that!!!

Bex said...

girl, i've been walking through a dark place the last few weeks but the presence of God has been nearer than EVER! Praise HIM!