Feeling Dizzy Is An Opportunity to Be Armed With Strength

feeling dizzy“When we start feeling dizzy, we become anxious, fearful, and weak. Lisa shares how we can change these emotions.

Those who stumble are armed with strength.” (1 Samuel 2:4)

Do you ever start feeling dizzy because of your illness or medication side effects? My feet are quite deformed from a lifetime of hammer toes and twenty years of rheumatoid arthritis. I put all weight on my heels, as I cannot place weight on the balls of my feet. This, in addition to sometimes feeling dizzy, is not a good way to stand on your two feet.

My knees also go right out from under me. Some of you have heard one of my favorite attitudes: “I used to be cute to look at. Now I am just fun to watch.” As I stand in a line, and attempt to just stay in one place, it can appear I have had a little too much to drink.

Feeling dizzy is a common side effect of both illnesses and medication, but it is emotionally exhausting as well. It is scary to feel as though you are not able to have full control on your body. There are times I have taken a step and then had that split second question race through my brain of “Am I going down?” Sometimes I do. Most often, thankfully, I do not. But the fear, the unknowing, is always there. Feeling dizzy is weakening. It causes a great deal of anxiety and even embarrassment if we are falling in front of others.

When I saw this scripture recently, “Those who stumble are armed with strength,” I stopped and read it again. It doesn’t really make sense, but then it is typical God-sense, like the last shall be first, or the weak shall be strong. Those who stumble are armed with strength!

In this scripture it is referring to a battle, and yet the soldiers who are stumbling are stronger than those who have bows and arrows! Those who have God as their true foundation of strength can stumble all they want and still be armed with a strength that is only available through Him.

Next time you are feeling dizzy, recall this verse. “Those who stumble are armed with strength.” It is a short little verse, easy to remember. And rather than feeling ashamed of your dizziness or fearful of that feeling, say to yourself, “Those who stumble are armed with strength.”

When you are feeling dizzy know that God is arming you at that very moment with strength that all the “well-balanced” people around you aren’t sharing in. We may not be given balance–but God is giving us strength. And He always provides us with exactly what He thinks we need. It gives a new outlook on the times we are feeling dizzy, doesn’t it?

Prayer: Lord, when I start feeling dizzy I quickly look for something to hold on to so that I can stand firm and stay balanced. Remind me that You are always my real foundation, and when I begin to feel dizzy You are arming me with strength at that very moment.

About the author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and she lives in San Diego with her husband and son. She is gradually learning how to balance motherhood, family, illness, and ministry, but she still knows it will be a lifetime lesson. You can see the books she has written, including, Why Can’t I Make People Understand? at the Rest Ministries shop.

Do you ever start feeling dizzy? What emotions do you have when you lose your balance or stumble? How does it change your perspective knowing that God is arming you with strength at that very moment?

What is your solid rock that helps you stand? When my husband (Lisa’s) and I first started dating in the early nineties,one of the first tapes he sent me was of 4Him. Here they are singing, “The Solid Rock.” Can’t see the video? If you are reading this in your email click the title to go to the website to watch the video.


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4 thoughts on “Feeling Dizzy Is An Opportunity to Be Armed With Strength

  1. Yes, thanks so much for the encouragement. I used to go into the panic mode everytime i felft dizzy. Now i seem to be having more peace. I really ove the way that u tie in the music with the message an scripture. TRully makes my day.
    God Bless u all. Anne Alexander

  2. As one whose chronic condition is CONSTANT DIZZINESS 24/7 and for 30 years. I can attest that is is ONLY God’s strength that keeps me going. The vestibular dysfunction hit with a virus that did damage to all three of my balance centers; inner ear, eyes and brain stem.

    This came on when I turned over in bed one morning in March of 1983 – what a shock. I have been through every therapy that exists for this but with all 3 centers affected, nothing has worked. God sustains.

    I could not look at a computer screen up until 2000 without it causing me to go into a vertigo spin. I have had to give up many beloved activities as they trigger the same spinning. I was able to desensitize to a small computer screen when my step sister sent me a used computer. It was tough but God helped and now my small laptop is my best friend and it a connection to the outside world – and although it is hard to sit up without the dizziness intensifying, I can lie on my couch and let the pillow hold my head while I type. When standing, my brain does not get the message that it knows where I am in space. I can feel the floor by internally I am in a constant fight to try to keep my balance.

    For sure God is my strength. For sure He is my only balance physically, mentally and emotionally.

    I do not remember how it feels NOT to be dizzy! 🙂

  3. i am so thankful i found this website and have been reading daily now for about 3 months and praying for each one of the authors of these daily thoughts. this particular entry hit my heart the most as i have chronic migraine with migraine associated vertigo. i have been dizzy and off balance since june 2008. god has given me the opportunity offered a new life that involves doing most of the things i always have before but now he has demanded my focus in addition to those things. i am constantlly reminded by each off balance step i take that he is now guiding me through each of those steps. now i get it with this verse of scripture presented here, he is strengthening me with each step. strengthening for my newly discovered eternal life as god has found me and made me a believer. god bless you and this website connection of believers.

  4. Don, I hope you return to these comments as I am so touched by your thoughts and how your life has changed. I certainly can relate. What occurs to me in what you shared is how often we only focus on the one definition of “strength”. There is a Scripture that says ( paraphrase ) that when we are weak, He can be strong. I always want to “feel” strong and yet I have come to know that His strength comes in different ways. Just getting through the day or accepting that I do have to rest is one way of accepting His strength. More importantly, His strength to us is in His understanding how hard it is for each of us and how much He appreciates the efforts we surrender to let Him be Lord of all areas of our lives.
    God bless you!

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