“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.