The other day at work I was battling a screeching headache. I finally gave in and I reached for a bottle of Advil out of my desk drawer. I shook out two pills and swallowed them down, praying that the pain would leave asap. Then I looked down at the bottle in my hand and realized that I had just taken two diuretics!
Have you ever made such a mistake? I’d venture to guess I make mistakes at least once a day. The mistake between pain medication and a water pill is one that could have been easily avoided. I just needed to slow down and pay more attention.
Think about the story of Joseph bragging to his brothers about his dream. He boasts of future greatness and being chosen. The brothers naturally resent this boasting. Then they begin to plot the removal of Joseph from their midst. What if Joseph has slowed down and paid more attention? What if he had gauged the reactions of his brothers? Would he have continued to boast if he’d noticed that they were getting angry? Perhaps Joseph could have avoided years of turmoil if he’d simply slowed down and paid attention.
I should slow down and pay more attention throughout my day too. I could have avoided hurting a co-worker’s feelings if I’d paid attention to my words. I could have avoided spilling water over a pile of bills if I’d slowed down. I could have avoided swearing if I was watching the road and other drivers’ reactions.
I could have avoided taking two water pills for a headache.
Everyone makes mistakes in their lives, but God can work mightily despite those mistakes. He redeems sin. He knows I’m weak and He works in my despite that weakness. In fact, he works through my weakness, as long as I admit those mistakes and sins instead of covering them up.
Sweet girls of the Iron Porch, be encouraged in your mistakes! Press in and watch what God will do with those mistakes. Proverbs 24:16 (NIV) states “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”