Last Updated on February 20, 2024 by Stacy Averette

Years ago my sweet little boy was running after a basketball in our church gymnasium and as young children are prone to do, he was so focused on retrieving the ball that he didn’t see the wall in front of him. Yes, he ran head-first into the wall and had a knot on his forehead the size of a golf ball for days. He cried. I cried. It was traumatizing for us both.

I’ve hit a few walls in my life, too, but they’ve been the metaphorical kind that hurt your heart and create knots in your stomach.  And like my young son, I never see the wall coming.

Hitting a wall:

    • to experience a sudden loss of energy
    • to come up against an obstacle that stops or impedes our progress
    • to face an impossible problem
    • to feel as if you can’t go on under the current circumstances

Life is Hard

If your life is anything like mine there is no shortage of walls. These annoying walls rise up in our:

    • closest relationships
    • work life
    • finances
    • Church life
    • health and fitness journey
    • education
    • creative endeavors

We’ve can feel hurt and frustrated and exercise every ounce of resourcefulness to knock down, run around, or climb over the walls in our path.

But what about the walls that can’t be conquered—the ones you can’t seem to find a way around or over and are impossible to knock down no matter how hard you try? What then?

Peter Scazzero says:

. . . the walls we hit in our journey with God are gifts from him. . . He is changing and broadening our understanding of what it means to be a Christ follower in the twenty-first century—in ways far more radical than we ever dreamed. Like with Abraham, he is taking us on a journey with many twists and strange turns in order that deep, experiential life changes might take place in you and me through Jesus Christ.

Peter Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a revolution in your life in Christ.

Would you be willing to consider the wall you’ve hit in life as a gift?

What if we choose to receive our circumstances, however difficult they may be, as His gift to us?

Father, help us today to open our hearts to you whatever it is you are doing in our life. Help us receive our circumstances with joy. Show us how to see and hear you with eyes and ears of faith. We know you are good. We trust you. We trust you. We trust you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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2 thoughts on “When You Feel Like You’ve Hit A Wall”

  1. Hey Stacy:
    Life is hard. It has been too hard for me and my family. I found your book.
    Read a chapter.
    Ran back in store and got a second copy to share. It has helped me tremendously. Thank you so.

    I did not realize until this evening, reading Chp. 38, who Eric is!
    I babysit him one summer when I was a teenager. CraZy world.
    My husband comes to the porch this eve, we sometimes enjoy an evening coffee there.
    And I am telling him some more ….about this book again.

    Small world, he begins telling me about working with Eric, when Eric was a young fellow, on the road putting up service station canopies.
    You gotta ask Eric if he remembers Bubba Chapman, that’s my husband.

    Sincerely, Tina Deason Chapman
    ps: keep writing. You are helping all.

    1. Tina,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share this! What a small world indeed! I remember Eric talking about Bubba even though that’s been many, many years ago. I’m so glad you are enjoying my book. But I’m curious — what store did you buy it in? Anyway, thanks again for sharing. Your words have been a great encouragement to me today!

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