3 Things to Learn from a Mistake

My mistake began as many bad things do. With no warning.

I had skipped by gym workout. To appease my guilt, I decided to stretch a little then do 25 situps.

Rather than performing my usual crunches, I tucked my feet under the couch, laid on my back, and rolled all the way up. On my eighth one, something in my back felt weird. I pressed on and completed two more sit-ups, far short of my goal. I rubbed my back and called it a day — and didn’t think much of my situps

  until the next morning

when I awoke to an intense clenching in the muscles in my lower back and numbness in my legs. I elbowed my snoozing husband.

“Steve, something’s wrong. I need your help. Steve, wake up.”

I worried. For me. (Yes, I know worrying is a sin.)

More Problems

As I rested and received sweet treatment from my family who cooked, laundered, and swept, as three cats curled next to me, I found out that a close family member needed daily injections. Nothing life threatening, but another thing to deal. Time passed. My injury lingered. My emotional pain intensified.

I remember thinking and praying,

God, the doctor said I should be better in four to eight weeks. I’m not. Walking and standing hurts, and my legs and feet feel bubble-wrapped, and now a family member is hurting. Help us.”

Then, health difficulties slammed two more family members and I prayed again.

And again.

More intensely.

Louder.

Desperately.

You may have heard this quote by C.S. Lewis: “God whispers to us in our pleasures. He speaks to us in our conscience, but He shouts to us in our pain. It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

God was rousing me.

What About You?

You and I each have dealt with mistakes of all sorts–physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual. Until we see Jesus face to face, more pain will come. Sometimes a drizzle, sometimes a thunder and lightning and darkness.

As I’ve pondered these things and sought God’s counsel, I learned three things from my mistake.

1. God wants to meet with you and me. In other words, He wants me to speak to him and listen to him prayerfully. Psalm 10 is great example.

2. God blesses you and me. How do I know? When God gets my attention and I seek him, I will find him. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) Ephesians 1:3 underlines the truth that we who love Jesus have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. Every means every. You do not need to get more blessing. You have it all. Now.

3. Whatever happens as a result of your mistake and my mistake, God knows what He is doing, for his glory and our good. It’s unimportant we understand it all. God does.

What’s the bottom line: I hope. Even when I’ve make a mistake.

Question: What have you learned when you’ve made a mistake? Please leave a comment and encourage others.

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Hopefully Yours,

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About Lucy

Lucy Ann Moll shares hope with hurting people through counseling, speaking, blogging, and writing books and booklets. She is a certified biblical counselor, pastor's wife, and seminary graduate. She and her family live in northern Illinois with three frisky felines.

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4 Responses to 3 Things to Learn from a Mistake

  1. Barbara Page January 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    One glaring lesson after suffering the consequences of a mistake….don’t do it again! And keep trusting God to bring good from it.

    • Lucy January 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

      Barbara,

      Yes! Don’t do it again if at all possible. Sometimes a Christian (or anyone) has a besetting sin that had dug in deep and hard to shake. For one, it’s gossip. For another, unforgiveness. But as you implied, when you can stop making a mistake, do stop. The earlier the better and before it becomes habit. Thanks for sharing!

  2. John E.Blake January 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I hope you are okay,I have siatica and was layed up for three months just turning the wrong way.That is all it takes .I really like your blog..Take care,be safe,get well.

    • Lucy January 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Thanks, John. I am better. It’s been a little over a year since my injury but took about nine months to figure out what to do. I’m still healing and need to be extra careful. You take care too.

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