Balance – How to Regain It When It’s Lost

Losing Balance

During a recent walk with a friend, I saw a rock in the path and thought others might stumble over it. The rock was small, but just large enough to catch someone’s foot and send them tumbling.

Without thinking about it, I leaned over to swoop it up from the path.

And lost my balance.

After several seconds of swaying and swirling to right myself, I fell at a 45 degree angle. I conked my head just above my hairline on a stone step, jamming my neck and outstretched hands, and slamming one knee into another stair.

As I managed to move to a sitting position, others rushed to help me up.

I said, “No, don’t touch me. Just let me sit a minute.”

People around asked if I was okay, or how I was injured.

I said, “Just let me sit. I need to pray.”

A nearby stranger immediately began to pray out loud.

I followed her prayer by asking God to heal me completely, permanently, and instantly.

In less than five minutes, a security guard who is also an EMT, was at my side.

I won’t give any more detail about the excellent care he provided, or how closely my concerned friend watched over me the next few hours.

But I kept reminding myself that I and the stranger who prayed for me had asked God for healing. We both asked in Jesus’ name, so I trusted God to keep His promise and heal me. Every moment after that, I purposely decided to move and act as if I was already healed.

Long story short, I didn’t have a concussion and nothing was broken. Over the next few weeks, soreness and bruising were my companions.

Regaining Balance

The incident has taught me a few things about losing, and regaining, my balance:

— There may be times when I fall out of emotional or spiritual balance.

— When I fall, it’s possible I’ll be injured or harmed in some way.

— I need to stop — RIGHT THEN. AND BE STILL. I need to take time to regain my wits and assess what is wrong.

— I need to pray to God for whatever I need at that moment.

— It’s okay to ask God for exactly what I want. My big prayers are never too large for the God who created the universe and everything in it.

— I need to continue to surround myself with people who pray for, and with me. Some, like my friend, pray silently. Others, like the stranger, pray out loud. The audible volume of the prayer doesn’t matter. God hears them all.

— God sends people who can help me.

— I need to remind myself that God hears and answers – in His way and in His time.

— Whatever negative consequences I suffer from my loss of balance, God helps me through it.

— The aftermath may not happen exactly the way I prayed for it to happen, but there are helpful life lessons if I look for them.

— I need to pay attention and not mindlessly walk through life. It’s easy to stumble when I don’t keep my eyes on the path God has for me.

— And lastly, God protects me from worse consequences by turning and redirecting me, even during a fall. If I had fallen straight forward, I would have hit my face full force. A fall backward would have meant an impact to the back of my head. In either case, I’m convinced the injuries would have been catastrophic.

Thank you, God, for watching over me, protecting me, guiding me, hearing me, answering me, and healing me.

He will do the same for you. Just keep your eye on the path He’s laid out.

And if you do attempt to remove an obstacle, make sure you’re grounded physically, emotionally, and spiritually before you do.

How do you regain your balance?

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Joni Vance is an award-winning author of fiction, essay, and poetry. She loves mystery, history, and how God reveals Himself every day.

May God reveal the mystery of His love in your life story.

5 thoughts on “Balance – How to Regain It When It’s Lost

  1. Wow! How scary! I am so sorry that happened to you, but you are a great inspiration to me that you prayed immediately. I would have been thinking about my injuries rather than prayer, but you went directly to the only One who could help you. I am so glad He healed you! And I love your life lesson— “And if you do attempt to remove an obstacle, make sure you’re grounded physically, emotionally, and spiritually before you do.” Amen to that!

    • Post Author Joni Vance

      Thanks, Jane, for reading and sharing. I appreciate your support. 🙂

  2. I’m so thankful God protected you during your fall, Joni! And thank you for reminding me that God protects and redirects to keep us from worse consequences. He is faithful and merciful! Thank you for sharing.

  3. So sorry to hear that, Joni. I’m sure that whole event was scary. Glad you are okay and thank you for sharing such wisdom from your life.

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