When we are too busy....
Sometimes God will allow us to stumble so that we have to look up!
This is exactly what happened to me January 2nd. I was bound and determined to get the Christmas decorations put back out into the garage despite the fact that we had had a winter storm come through southern Arizona. It was about 29 degrees outside which of course means that there was a good chance that there would be ice - somewhere.
As I was going through my kitchen door onto the porch, I discovered exactly where the ice was. Under my foot - sure enough, the next thing I know, I am hearing sickening pop and while landing on my rear I see stars and can't breathe. I hear my husband yell to me as he is rushing to my side but I couldn't answer him. They (he and my eldest daughter) pick me up, luckily both are bigger than me.
I don't even want to look - I get to the couch and immediately put my foot up and they get me ice and all I can think about it "please don't be broken". Luckily it isn't, just a very bad sprain, but it has forced me to be on the couch.
It is very painful but I have to say that even more than that is the frustration of having to rely on others to help me. That isn't me - I am a doer. I am the one who does for others, I am the one who takes care of all those little details. I am the one who comes through and shows up and gets it done.
Needless to say that I have had to be brought to tears and instead of looking at all the things I am not getting done, I am having to look up. Look up and say "Lord, I need Your help to let this all go." "Lord, I hate this but I am going to learn something from it." "Lord, give me peace and patience."
I also was greatly blessed by my family who jumped in to take care of me and my girls even laid hands on me and prayed for me (that was awesome). I still have a lot to do but I know that none of it is going to get done without me looking up first. God is good all the time.