Will You Throw Away Your Crutches?

141
WALK BY FAITH DEVOTIONAL – 4/1/2013

I’ve never broken a leg, thank God, and I’ve never needed crutches while my leg healed in a cast, but I know all about crutches. I know how to find them, where to get them, how to use them, how to lay them down, how to pick them up again, how to show off in them, how to kick them to the curb when I’m tired of them, how to do fancy turns in them, how to figure I’m done with them only to grab hold of them again, and lots more. After all, I may never have had a broken leg. But in my lifetime thus far I’ve done more than plenty of stumbling, falling, catching myself, crashing to the ground, tripping, starting to fall, catching my fall, watching others catch my fall, limping, showing off my crutches, and just about everything else that goes with a – what?
A broken leg? No, a broken walk. Hey, it goes with the territory. Learning to walk by faith as I keep my commitment to follow Jesus is everything but pretty, steady, perfect, graceful, or anything else that goes with a perfect walk. And, quite frankly, I’ve used plenty of crutches along the way. That’s why I wasn’t the least bit surprised when the Lord gave me a vision recently of just how I had been trying to walk. When I was in high school, I spent some time volunteering in a few physical therapy departments of hospitals, along with some nursing homes, along with some other places, as I tore through my maybe-this-is-what-I-will-become-when-I-grow-up possibilities. 
Thanks to a private high school that required its students to VOLUNTEER, i.e. WORK, on Wednesdays rather than sit in on yet more classes, and thanks to parents that pushed hard when it came to the importance of education and work, I got the point. Somewhere along the way, I needed to figure out – and try out – what I might do with the rest of my life. Though just about everything I explored was vastly different from what I have actually ended up doing with my life (not a surprise since I knew NOTHING about God back then), I did get lots of experience. Such was the case when I volunteered in physical therapy. 
It’s funny what our memory retains decades later, isn’t it? And for someone who couldn’t remember most of her childhood, it’s interesting what I did manage to remember from other parts and pieces of my life. As for physical therapy, some things just plain old stood out. Like the burn victim who came to soak in these special tubs – and who was entirely too interested (and inappropriately so) in me. I remember my college roommate who also worked in a physical therapy department – where she proceeded to faint for a reason I am not entirely sure. I recall a lady who came in for a procedure on her back – and to make sure everyone knew just how much pain she was in. Accurate memory? I don’t know. That’s just what stands out now. Little memories. But then there were the big ones.
Two memories stand out above all the rest. And how could they not? A young woman, skinny as all heck, and broken, so very clearly, had been shot by her boyfriend. She was paralyzed. How could she not be broken? She was, and nothing could have surprised me more than the day the person in charge of her care had decided it was time to sit up – and to proceed in the slow, grueling process of whatever physical therapy regimen that was planned for her. The people watching over her used a special board. She lay on the board, and their job was to get the board from a perfectly flat position to move her slowly upward. She was dizzy. Of course she was dizzy. I cannot even fathom all she had been through. I was so young back then, so naive, so clueless, in so many ways. But I was not clueless about this. That young woman had endured one of the greatest tragedies a human can endure – the loss of her mobility, the loss of so much of her future, the loss of more than anyone who has not been through what she had could possibly imagine. And, yes, she had endured this at the hands of someone who more than likely had professed to love her. This memory, undoubtedly, will remain in my mind.
The other memory that stands out above all the rest of my time spent in the physical therapy departments – and the one that I cannot help remember when I think about crutches and of the vision the Lord gave me just a month or so ago – is that of the physical therapy assistants teaching people how to walk again after their various trials and tribulations. I don’t honestly remember crutches, but I remember this special thing they had that was a long stretch of area to walk with handrails on either side. The assistants would take the patients down this long hallway-looking thing (though not really a hallway, mind you), teaching them to brace themselves on the rails until they were far enough along in their recovery to walk without the rails. Perhaps next they would go to crutches, or to a walker, or maybe even a wheelchair. Somehow, though, first they would need to use the rails. And, in my estimate, these rails were like crutches in that the people could not sufficiently, and safely, walk without the help of what stood on the right of them, and on the left of them. 
The Lord didn’t mess around when He gave me that vision not so long ago. He showed me that I was holding onto the rails, or the “crutches”, off to the left of me, and off to the right of me. The funny thing is, as many times as I’ve thought about the vision, it wasn’t until minutes ago as I was writing that I realized the rails, or the crutches, are off to the left and the right. The Bible clearly tells us in the Old Testament NOT to look to the right or the left. Instead, we are supposed to look ahead to Jesus – and to stay focused on the Word of God, the Bible. Yet, like so many others have done, I have spent a lifetime – yes, even as I have walked with the Lord – looking to my left, and looking to my right. At the world. And, yes, holding on for dear life, to everything but God. To the people, to the stuff, to the addictions, to the whatever. 
When God gave me this vision, He showed me that He stood in front of me. But He did not stand in between the rails. He stood ahead of me – ahead of the rails, ahead of the “hallway”. He didn’t stand in the midst of this special device to teach me to walk. He stood a good distance ahead of me, and of the contraption that I was using to try to walk – and He was doing something. Yes, I could see very clearly what He was doing. He was beckoning me. He was calling me forward. And He was telling me He didn’t want me to hold onto the crutches anymore. In fact, I believe He showed me He was taking my crutches away – all that I had held onto. 
Wow, huh? Yes, a pretty cool vision. Not just for me, but probably for countless others too. But the vision isn’t so cool when I think about its ramifications. The Lord is calling me to take my hands off the rails, to walk as He is teaching me to do, and to grab a hold of Him. This is just the perfect fit, I feel, for what He gave me yesterday to write about the actual meaning of waiting on Him in the Bible – of holding onto Him, cleaving to Him, binding myself to Him, yolking myself to Him, being in an intimate relationship with Him, as He renews my strength for I have grown so weary.
The funny thing is, and in truth it’s not so funny at all, if all that I have clung to as my “rails”, and as my “crutches”, have truly worked, and truly helped me to walk well, and truly been there for me, then I wouldn’t be as exhausted, as weary, as totally wiped out as I have been. But the truth of the matter is precisely this; the things and people of the world that I have held onto have not given me life. They have exhausted me, or at least holding onto them has exhausted me. 
Got crutches? I have had so many. Alcoholism. Anorexia. Bad relationships. Friends the Lord had not chosen for me. People I shouldn’t have depended on, especially when I am called to depend on God. False teaching of the Bible I was exposed to, and fooled by for seasons in my life. Unhealthy thought patters, and way of doing things. Oh, the list goes on, and on, and yes, on some more. My rails. My crutches. And imagine to my surprise when the Lord essentially tells me to toss away my crutches.
Okay, He didn’t quite put it in those words. But He sure did show me. He showed me that not only am I not supposed to look to the left and the right, and get distracted and sucked in by the world. But I am not to depend on the world to walk. In fact, more than likely, the world will only cause me to fall – or at the very least to stub my toes and stumble until I take my next fall. 
The Lord wants me to walk – yes, WALK – right into His hold, His embrace, His rest, His mercy, His compassion, His forgiveness, His love, His arms, His majesty. Yes, He wants me to walk right into Him. And He wants to walk IN me. He wants me to ABIDE in Him. And He wants to dwell, to LIVE, IN ME! Now how’s that for amazing? 
And as long as I continue to hold onto my rails, and not just to hold, but to hold on for dear life, I can pretty much guarantee I will be doing everything but holding onto HIM for dear LIFE!
It’s time to throw away the crutches, and to move past the rails of this world. Just like the assistants put that woman on a board and raised her up, I have been raised up through my faith in Jesus Christ. But this is not all. They didn’t just raise her up so she could sit there and not do anything. They raised her up to move forward in her life, to learn to do whatever she possibly could to live the life the Lord intended for her to live. 
Likewise, I have not been merely raised up to sit in bed and stare out the window all day. Nor have I been raised up to spend my life holding onto rails, walking back and forth in my little hallway.
I have been raised up to learn to walk, to let go of the rails of the world, to learn to hold onto Jesus, to obey the Lord’s commands to love Him with all my heart, to love others as myself, and to serve the Lord as He leads me forward in my walk with Him. 
Got crutches? Is it time to throw them out? Do you see, do you hear, the Lord calling? I believe HE is waiting for an answer………….
Jos_1:7  “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.”

2Co_4:18  “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Gal_5:1  “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

Lord, I know there are people who are reading this whose hearts you are pricking right now, whose hearts you are convicting, that they, like me, have held on for dear life to rails instead of you, to crutches rather than you. Lord, please help all of us to let go, to let go of what we desperately hold onto, and to move beyond the rails, to move past the crutches, and to hold onto you – not just to hold us up. Help us to know you, to be known by you, to be in an intimate, wildly wonderful, beautifully personal, beyond-our-wildest-imagination, RELATIONSHIP with you. Help us to come into your embrace, and hold us, Lord, to teach us to trust you – and above all else, to love and serve you, to be loved by you, as you desire. All for your glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.

141 Comments

  1. Good blog you have here.. It’s difficult to find high quality writing like yours these days.
    I seriously appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  2. Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this site.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s tough to get that “perfect balance” between usability and visual appearance.
    I must say you’ve done a fantastic job with this. Additionally, the blog loads very quick for me on Chrome.
    Outstanding Blog!

  3. My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find most of your post’s
    to be just what I’m looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content to suit your needs?
    I wouldn’t mind writing a post or elaborating on a few of the subjects you write regarding here.
    Again, awesome web site!

    my page: Body Core Keto

  4. Thank you forr tһe auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.
    Look advanced to far added agreeable from you! By the way, how can we communicate?

  5. you’re in reality a excellent webmaster. The web site
    loading velocity is incredible. It kind of feels that you’re doing any distinctive trick.
    Moreover, The contents are masterpiece. you have performed a
    great job in this matter!

    My homepage :: marchegabonais.com

  6. Thank you for all of your labor on this website.
    My mother really loves going through research and it’s really easy to understand why.
    All of us notice all relating to the lively manner you produce both useful and interesting secrets via this web blog and as well as invigorate contribution from others on this concern plus my daughter is without
    question learning a great deal. Enjoy the remaining portion of the new year.
    You’re the one carrying out a really good job.

    Also visit my web-site; Essential Nutrition Keto

  7. Hοwdy! This is my first comment here so I jujst wanted too givе a quіck shout οut and tell
    y᧐u I truly еnjoy reading youг blog posts. Ⲥan you suggest any other bⅼoɡs/websites/forսms that go
    ovsr the same suƄjects? Thank you!

  8. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a
    daily basis. It’s always useful to read articles from other authors and use something from their websites.

  9. I think what you posted made a ton of sense. But, what about this?
    suppose you typed a catchier post title? I mean, I don’t want to
    tell you how to run your website, but what if you added something that grabbed
    a person’s attention? I mean Will You Throw Away
    Your Crutches? | Lara Love & Good News Ministry is kinda vanilla.
    You ought to peek at Yahoo’s home page and see how they create article titles to get people to open the links.
    You might add a related video or a related pic or two to grab people excited about what you’ve
    got to say. In my opinion, it could make your posts
    a little livelier.

    Have a look at my web blog … Essential Nutrition Male Enhancement Pills

  10. Thanks a ton for being my tutor on this topic.
    I actually enjoyed your current article quite definitely and most of all enjoyed
    reading the way you handled the issues I thought to be controversial.
    You happen to be always rather kind towards readers like me
    and assist me to in my lifestyle. Thank you.

    Here is my homepage :: Insta Frost Air Conditioner

  11. Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I
    provide credit and sources back to your weblog? My blog is in the very same niche as yours and my visitors would truly benefit from some of the information you present here.
    Please let me know if this alright with you. Regards!

    Feel free to visit my web-site :: forum.nobletronics.com

  12. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know
    so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is fantastic blog.
    An excellent read. I will certainly be back.

    Feel free to surf to my page Paramore Cream

  13. Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam comments?
    If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you
    can advise? I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so any
    assistance is very much appreciated.

    Also visit my web blog; Keto Boom BHB Ingredients

  14. I have been exploring for a little bit for any high quality articles or weblog posts on this sort of house .
    Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this web site.
    Reading this information So i am glad to exhibit
    that I’ve an incredibly just right uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what
    I needed. I most certainly will make sure to don?t put out of
    your mind this site and provides it a look regularly.

    Feel free to surf to my website – Mili-Tac Watch

  15. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was
    doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch as I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that:
    Thank you for lunch!

    Feel free to surf to my web site; Pellamore Cream

  16. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this blog.
    I really hope to see the same high-grade content by you
    later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired
    me to get my very own site now 😉

    Here is my web-site :: CoolEdge Portable AC

  17. That is very attention-grabbing, You are a
    very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and stay
    up for in quest of more of your magnificent post. Additionally, I
    have shared your site in my social networks!

    Look at my webpage: walnut.ut.ac.ir

  18. I’m extremely impressed together with your writing skills and also with the layout in your weblog.

    Is this a paid subject or did you modify it yourself? Anyway
    keep up the excellent high quality writing, it is rare to
    see a nice weblog like this one nowadays..

    Also visit my web blog – Libido Boost

  19. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long
    comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say superb blog!

    Also visit my page … MaxBHB Review

  20. Wow! This can be one particular of the most useful blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject.
    Basically Wonderful. I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort.

    Feel free to visit my web page ecs300.net

  21. I needed to draft you one very small remark to be able
    to thank you very much as before with the awesome strategies
    you have provided above. This is surprisingly open-handed of you to present unhampered
    just what a lot of folks would’ve sold as an e book to help with
    making some dough for their own end, most notably considering the fact that
    you might have done it in case you considered necessary.
    These pointers also acted to provide a great way to be certain that many people have the same eagerness like my own to know
    the truth a little more concerning this problem.
    I am sure there are several more pleasurable
    occasions in the future for individuals who looked at your blog
    post.

    Take a look at my website: http://www.nazisociopaths.org

  22. You really make it appear really easy along with your presentation however I in finding
    this topic to be actually something which I feel I’d by no means understand.

    It sort of feels too complicated and very broad for me.
    I am taking a look forward to your next submit, I will attempt to get the hang of it!

  23. I don’t know if it’s just me or if everybody else
    experiencing problems with your site. It appears as if some of the text within your content are running off the
    screen. Can someone else please comment and
    let me know if this is happening to them too? This may be a issue with my
    browser because I’ve had this happen before. Kudos

  24. I am extremely inspired with your writing skills and also
    with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid subject or
    did you customize it yourself? Either way stay up the excellent high quality writing, it is rare to peer a nice blog like this one
    nowadays..

  25. Right now it appears like Drupal is the preferred blogging platform
    available right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  26. hello!,I love your writing very much! percentage we communicate extra about your post on AOL?
    I require a specialist in this house to unravel my problem.
    May be that’s you! Having a look forward to peer you.

  27. Good day! I know this is kind of off topic but I
    was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website?

    I’m getting tired of WordPress because I’ve had issues
    with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform.
    I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

    Take a look at my page: Evergold Farms CBD Review

  28. Heya just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know
    a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

    Here is my web page 159.203.199.234

  29. Howdy would you mind sharing which blog platform
    you’re working with? I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a difficult
    time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different
    then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.
    P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

    Feel free to surf to my web page: Evergold Farms CBD

  30. Greetings! This is my first comment here so
    I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal
    with the same topics? Thanks for your time!
    cheap flights http://1704milesapart.tumblr.com/ cheap flights

  31. I think what you said was very logical. However, what about this?
    what if you were to create a awesome title? I ain’t saying your information is
    not solid, however what if you added something to possibly get a person’s
    attention? I mean Will You Throw Away Your Crutches?
    | Lara Love & Good News Ministry is kinda plain. You might peek at Yahoo’s front page and
    watch how they create post titles to get viewers interested.
    You might add a related video or a related pic or two to
    grab readers interested about what you’ve written. Just
    my opinion, it could bring your posts a little livelier. scoliosis
    surgery https://coub.com/stories/962966-scoliosis-surgery scoliosis surgery

  32. I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your content.
    The article has really peaked my interest.
    I am going to take a note of your website and keep checking for new details about
    once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed as well.

    Look into my blog post; Mia

  33. This is the right webpage for anybody who would like
    to find out about this topic. You realize a whole lot its almost hard
    to argue with you (not that I personally will need to?HaHa).
    You definitely put a new spin on a topic which has been discussed
    for many years. Wonderful stuff, just great!

    Here is my homepage :: skin care

  34. I was recommended this web site by my cousin. I’m not sure
    whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my difficulty.
    You are amazing! Thanks!

    Feel free to surf to my web blog; carb nite

  35. Having read this I thought it was very enlightening.
    I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this content
    together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both
    reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

    Look at my site: omega 3 fatty acids

  36. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thanks,
    However I am encountering troubles with your RSS.
    I don’t understand why I am unable to subscribe to it.
    Is there anybody having the same RSS problems? Anybody who
    knows the solution will you kindly respond?
    Thanx!!

    Have a look at my web site; drug use

  37. Thanks , I’ve recently been searching for info approximately this subject for ages and yours is the greatest I have discovered till now.

    However, what concerning the bottom line? Are you
    certain concerning the source?

    Here is my website: winter skin

  38. I have been surfing online more than three hours today,
    yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and
    bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.

    Here is my site … seeds require long

  39. hey there and thank you for your information – I’ve definitely picked up anything new
    from right here. I did however expertise several technical points
    using this site, as I experienced to reload the site lots of times previous to I could get it to load properly.
    I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK?
    Not that I am complaining, but slow loading instances
    times will sometimes affect your placement in google and can damage your quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords.

    Well I am adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for a lot more
    of your respective exciting content. Ensure that you update this again very soon..

    Check out my web page … getting affordable treatment

  40. Hello! Quick question that’s totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My web site looks weird when viewing from my iphone.
    I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to resolve this issue.
    If you have any recommendations, please share.
    Appreciate it!

    Feel free to surf to my site :: perfect skin care

  41. Hi would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re using?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and I must say this blog
    loads a lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a honest price?
    Kudos, I appreciate it!

    my site … hatched seeds require

  42. This site seems to inspire me a lot. Thank you so much for organizing and providing this quality information in an easy to understand way. I think that a healthy era of big data can be maintained only when such high-quality information is continuously produced. And I, too, are working hard to organize and provide such high-quality information. It would be nice to come in once and get information.

    Also visit my site:안전토토사이트

  43. Right here is the perfect blog for anybody who wants to find out about
    this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I
    actually will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a fresh spin on a
    subject that’s been discussed for many years.
    Excellent stuff, just great!

    my blog :: nice dress shirts

  44. Ahaa, its nice conversation about this piece of writing
    at this place at this webpage, I have read all that,
    so now me also commenting here.

    My web-site – Brian

  45. I think the admin of this web site is really working hard in support
    of his website, because here every data is quality based information.

    Feel free to visit my blog – sex help

  46. We are a gaggle of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community.
    Your website provided us with useful info to work on. You’ve done a
    formidable job and our entire community will probably be thankful to you.

    My web page :: lower belly

  47. I blog frequently and I really appreciate your content.
    This great article has really peaked my interest. I will bookmark your site and keep checking for
    new information about once a week. I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

    my web blog … drug use

  48. hey there and thank you for your info ? I have definitely picked
    up something new from right here. I did however expertise several technical
    issues using this website, since I experienced to reload the site
    lots of times previous to I could get it to load correctly.
    I had been wondering if your web host is OK? Not that I’m complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will often affect your
    placement in google and could damage your high quality
    score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Anyway
    I?m adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for much more of your respective fascinating
    content. Make sure you update this again soon..

    Feel free to visit my web blog … children smoking

  49. We absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your
    post’s to be what precisely I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content to suit your needs?
    I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write regarding here.
    Again, awesome web log!

    Here is my web site :: treatment process

  50. Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to
    be on the web the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you,
    I certainly get irked while people think about worries that they plainly don’t know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out
    the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal.
    Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

    Also visit my site – cholesterol information lower cholesterol information lower cholestero

  51. My spouse and i got very joyous when Ervin managed to finish off
    his survey using the precious recommendations he grabbed from your site.
    It’s not at all simplistic to just be making a gift of solutions which usually other folks might
    have been selling. And now we grasp we need the website owner to appreciate for that.
    The explanations you made, the easy website navigation, the relationships you can help to
    engender – it’s many overwhelming, and it’s helping our son and the family recognize that the theme
    is amusing, which is certainly tremendously pressing. Thank
    you for all the pieces!

    Feel free to surf to my site; stop weed smoking

  52. Thank you for sharing superb informations.
    Your web site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this website.

    It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web
    page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend,
    ROCK! I found simply the information I already searched all over the
    place and simply couldn’t come across. What
    an ideal web-site.

    my website https://forum.pos.md/index.php?action=profile;u=2219

Leave A Reply