How God can use your embarrassing moment for his good

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A guest post by Christy Pearce
“Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Exodus 4:12-13

Thanks, but NO. I never even wanted to do this anyway.  

It had come to this – the only way off this stupid obstacle course was a stinking ZIP LINE.  Well, just go ahead and chop my head off because I’d rather DIE than take that leap.  


Well, not really. The highlight of the Youth Retreat weekend was the gospel, but there was one “special” event on the schedule-a “Recreation Area”. What I didn’t know is that we were about to risk life and limb 50 feet in the air on a course all in the name of “team building”. Yeah, more like “Team Save Christy’s LIFE”

Did I mention I don’t like “up high” stuff?

The obstacle was called “The Odyssey”, which is a fancy word for “Let’s all go 50 feet in the air and play “tight rope” without letting anyone fall off to their death.”

My hubby laid it on thick. “Will you please come with me?”, then he bore deep into my eyes and said firmly, “I WON’T LET YOU FALL.”

It wasn’t pretty. I can’t tell you I was a great “team player”; I snapped. I took the lead, and barked my ultimate goal to the boy holding ‘the end of my rope’: “If you let go of that rope, I will kill you.” I promised I wouldn’t really kill him, but he didn’t let go of that rope.

We inched along in a-g-o-n-y with every muscle and emotion tensed. I was relieved to finally reach the platform of salvation. There was just one problem…the only way down (trust me, I asked) was a zip line.

It was one of the most humiliating moments of my life. 

I was thinking “Christy, don’t you TRUST God? The worst that could happen is that you could die, and that’s not a bad thing…right God?” I was shaking and crying uncontrollably on my little stage up in the air for all to see. And everyone was watching. EVERYONE.

Just to prove to myself I really could trust God, I inched my bottom along the platform to the edge, one scoot, then ano… Just then, my scoot was interrupted by a gentle shove on my shoulder. My husband had given me “a little push”. And you know what? I was RELEIVED. 

The initial fall was terrifying, but then I felt the tension on the rope catch me. The worst was over. That was what I was so afraid of? THAT was what I was pitching a grown-up tantrum over?

As the air brushed across my wet, tear covered face, all looked on as I slid down to safety. I ran straight to the bathroom and cried hysterically. 

I argued with God a little asking Him what in the world I was supposed to do with that “Zip Line Incident”. Should I repent to the youth and tell them I was sorry for that outburst? What?

It all became clear our last day at camp. Our youth leader asked if anyone wanted to share something they learned that weekend.

In a moment, I knew what I had to do. Initially, God had called me to a task that I totally did not want to do, suddenly I knew how He wanted to us it. My spirit stirred, and before I knew it, I was walking to the front with NO idea what I would say. But I knew God would give me the words to speak.

I opened my mouth with this message: 
“That zip line incident? It was for you. It was a living illustration of you. You might be like I was-on the edge of trusting. I knew I needed to. I knew I wanted to, but I COULDN’T do it. I needed just a little push. And maybe that’s all you need too-is just a little push. We are here to help.”

I had no idea God planned to send me down a zip line for Him that weekend as an illustration of trust for those teens to view. 

But if God wants to use me and my squashed pride to help those kids (and me) to come to a greater knowledge of Him, then I am more than happy to have had that little “trust exercise”. All so WE might exercise some trust of our own…to the glory of God.

Ponder: Is there a time that you can think of when God used something embarrassing to you for his good?

Prayer: Lord, show me how you are using my life in even the most unlikely situations (tweet this)

More about the author of this guest devotional
Christy Pearce is just like any other mommy. Christy and her husband, Jim, have three little gifts whom she works hard to serve and train up! While Christy admits that she is far from perfect, she desires that Christ would be preeminent in all she says (writes) and does. Her blog, “Faith Like Dirty Diapers,” was born out of God using every day events—even a diaper change—to strengthen her with words of life. Christy would love to connect with you on her website or on Facebook and Twitter.

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