I was being reminded the other day that as tall as they are, giraffes give birth while standing. The calf appears, tumbles ten feet to the ground, and lands on its back. Within seconds the baby rolls over and stands, struggling to move those gangly, untried legs. Then sometimes, an amazing thing happens. The mother giraffe positions herself directly over her newborn calf looks it over, kicks it, and sends it sprawling. If it doesn’t get up – she kicks it again! And when it grows tired of the struggle, she kicks it again to stimulate its effort to stand. In fact, every time the baby manages to get to its feet, the mother kicks it again.
See, that’s basically how life is. From the moment we’re welcomed into this world, we face hurdles. That’s probably the reason we introduce our presence with a cry. No one comes into existence with a laughter. Ask those of us who have worked in hospitals, more so maternity wards, it is a struggle right from birth. When the water breaks, it is a struggle against time, the baby needs to come out against all odds and if you are reading this, then you conquered your first struggle at birth and made a mark for yourself on this planet. You are a conqueror. See, before you were born, God anticipated your arrival and had a specific plan for you and that plan involves dealing with problems and overcoming obstacles in life.
Storms and hardships have a great potential to break us, to take us out from our purpose or at the very least to distort our focus. But storms and hardships also have the opportunity to build us. It is in hard times that our resilience is witnessed, it is in difficult moments that character is developed. The secret is in how we perceive these hardships, the attitude with which we face them.
This walk of life, just like the mother giraffe, can seem cruel at times but truth be told, she’s preparing her child for survival. Unless that little calf learns to get up quickly and run with the herd when danger comes, it won’t survive.
I love words. Look at this, for though the righteous fall seven times... There’s no doubt that at any given moment, life will knock you down, it’s just the way it is but the issue is not that life knocked you down, the problem is that you stayed down. Life is like a boxing match. You have to keep getting up every time you get knocked down. God designed life in such a way that when you get knocked down, you don’t settle instead you rise. Your chances of making it in life are higher when you are on your feet. When in the face of opposition, storms, hardship, ridicule and pain you can learn to stand your ground because if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.
Child of God, Stand Your Ground