“Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s weakness.” 1 Corinthians 1:25
I have big feet–a good understanding, you might say. They balance my five foot ten-inch body quite well, except for the fact they have become weak due to sensory neuropathy. I’m fortunate that I don’t have much discomfort with this inherited condition, but I have had to adjust the way in which I drive, by wearing a thinner soled shoes that allows me to feel the pedals better. I also use a walking stick to help with balance when walking on uneven paths.
My mother is 94 and worries about falling–almost to the point of being paralyzed with fear when in a darker room or in unfamiliar places. But she has every right to be concerned. According to a 2013 report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, around 25,500 older adults died from unintentional falls (who would fall intentionally?). But the statistics are in my mother’s favor, as forty percent more men died from falls than women.
My mother is an example of human strength. In the last ten years, she has tackled and overcome breast and skin cancer, back surgery, knee replacement, macular degeneration, and yes, a few falls. It wasn’t just her strong body and will to survive that got her through the medical issues, it was her strong faith in God.
Dear God, give us strength to draw upon during our weakest moments. Amen.