Get up on Your Shaky Legs
“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet,” so that at the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”Hebrews 12:12-13 NIV
I’ve had this verse up on my studio recording door for ages. Often I can feel like I’m failing. Having it there, reminded me not to give up when I felt like I was no good in the studio. I would work for hours, recording guitars, or singing, and nothing came of the recordings and work – it simply wasn’t good enough. My husband would say I was too hard on myself. But I knew, if you want people to listen there has to be some level of standard, and I had deemed my work below that standard and not willing to release it. Sometimes, I think the Lord Jesus let me fail. To give me a greater dependency on Him, and to learn the more important lesson – it’s not about production, but about worship.
Everything is a song to the Lord, every minute, moment, every thought, and calculated action. I can’t rely on self, “put no confidence in the flesh,” the Bible says. And it’s true, we can’t. Hebrews Chapter 12, verses 13 and 14 are good reminders that there are times, not of failures – but times requiring us to get up on our shaky, or weak knees, and put our hands again to the plow for the Lord. – “so the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” (Hebrews 12:13) It doesn’t really say who the lame is, maybe it’s the person with the weak knees. But it could be referring to someone around us, someone also struggling to go forward in the hope of Jesus. Our efforts and perseverance matter. They can help others. We must always remember this. To recognize this, was a comfort for me. I want to do all I can for others salvation and their endurance in Christ Jesus, don’t you?
So as we sing, “The narrow, blessed way, the narrow, blessed way” let’s remember that people are observing us, and people are affected by us. So let’s soldier on like a good, faithful servant of Jesus our Lord. Amen.
I will listen to what God the LORD says; He promises peace to His people, His faithful servants – but let them not turn to folly.”Psalm 85:8 NIV