On Friday, I fell from a tree stand. I would not recommend this…especially to anyone over forty. This is the third time I have come down a tree stand at a gravitationally accelerated pace…once in my twenties…once in my thirties, and now hopefully the only time in my forties. If this happens again in my fifties, I am pretty sure that will be the end of me. This one was, by far, the most painful…I came down face first and then injured my shoulder. The good news...nothing was broken…aside from my pride…and breaks in my skin. The bad news…everything takes longer to heal, and I like pain less now, than I did in my twenties and thirties.
When I got home, my wife asked me why it is always me that is the one who is falling from the stand and getting injured and not anyone else… “Just lucky I guess.” That, and the fact I like to attack any task that lies before me. Although, I have to admit…after I smashed my face on the newly cut oak log below…I had no desire to climb back up and begin to put the tree stand up again. Truth be told…I was afraid to climb up anywhere over 12 inches high. Thankfully, I didn’t have to…my younger brother (38) who was with me, willingly took the lead and did all of the climbing.
It’s interesting how our life circumstances affect the way we look at things. The older I get, and the more I fall from trees, the more apprehensive I find myself to be when climbing to any kind of heights. We could call it “learning” from life lessons…but I think there is more to it than that. I noticed that I had a strong desire toward “self preservation” after my fall.
I was reminded of David, when he came to the standoff between the Israelites and the Philistines, (1 Samuel 17). A man named Goliath stood between the ranks and called out to the Israelites…shaming them and shaming their God…Yahweh. All of Israel was afraid. Somewhere along the line, they had lost their confidence. They no longer looked at the Lord their God for their strength, their protection or their confidence. Rather, they found themselves fearful…and looked only to their “self preservation.”
Then, David came onto the scene…with a peculiar confidence…a peculiar perspective that had been forgotten by the Israelites. We then saw the Lord, use this young peculiar person, to bring back a peculiar perspective to the entire nation of Israel.
What about us? Are we more concerned with “self preservation?” or are we willing to become a “peculiar person” with a “peculiar perspective”…that transforms others around us into having a “peculiar confidence” in The Amazing God.