I’m reeeeeally short, vertically challenged, have- to- sit- on- my -purse- to- drive- our- truck kind of short. The crazy thing is, I didn’t realize I was short, until I was 18 years-old. Really, I had absolutely no idea that everyone but those under 10 years of age were taller than me. I recall the exact moment that I realized my height deficiency. I vividly remember because it made national news the next day. I was in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City( I was Miss Maryland) and the production asisstant called me out of rehearsal to have a press picture taken. I thought “wow! I wonder why they want to take my picture? How cool!” No, not really so cool…. as it turned out, I was the shortest girl in the Miss America Pageant that year. The photographer stood me face to face with the tallest girl in the pageant. To make the height difference even more pronounced, I was wearing penny loafers that day, and Miss “incredibly tall and leggy” was wearing high heels. Wow! bummer, to realize that I’m reeeeally short and have it make national news all in the same week.
You know we all have those places in our lives where we feel like the shortest one the pageant. It may be in your profession, or family, or ministry, where you feel like you just don’t quite measure up. I have to remind myself that it’s the Lord who blesses me, lifts me, enables me. I remind myself that it’s His supernatural power and love that keep me from falling short. Check out the chunk of Psalm 91 below. It’s a great reminder for me when I begin to feel like I’m falling short in some areas, that the Lord is the MOST HIGH and He sends His angels to lift me…higher than my worldly height ever could.
Psalm919If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.