I’ve been so stressed lately! It might sound funny, but when I’m really stressed, an odd thing happens to me: The muscles around my eyes start to twitch. Usually these twitches don’t last very long, but I recently had to do something that caused the area around my left eye to twitch consistently for a week!
I had to give a presentation to my church.
It wasn’t a sermon–think more like a business presentation. Our church has been discussing things we want to do in 2013; the Lord gave me some ideas and wisdom, so the senior pastor asked me to present those ideas to the church staff and the board of elders.
Even as an adult, public speaking still makes me nervous, and now I had to give a presentation to a room full of people who’ve all been in ministry longer than I have. I felt inadequate and the stress kicked my eye muscles into overdrive. I was worried I wouldn’t get much sleep in the days before the presentation…but then I read this:
Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when He delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand (Psalm 37:23-24, NRSV).
Read it again.
When are our steps “made firm by the Lord”? When He delights in our way, right?
I’m about 98% sure that the presentation I gave to my church was composed of ideas God brought to my heart and mind through much prayer, but there’s always room for human error. The thing is, if God delights in my way and if this is the way He wants our church to go, then He will make our steps firm.
He will make my steps firm.
I felt inadequate to give this presentation because I haven’t spent as much time working in ministry as the people I was presenting to, but that doesn’t really matter. Even if I stumbled through some of the words in the presentation, if this is the way God is leading me, then He isn’t going to let me fall on my face.
This was a comforting thought for me.
Girls, have you ever felt like God wanted you to do something, but you were still really scared because you thought you might fall?
I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm (Psalm 40:1-2).