This morning I slipped walking down the steps of our shed/cabin. I was taking some items from the truck and placing them into storage. I’d noticed the stairs were slick from the rain but after putting my things away I started back down and, not paying attention, my feet flew out from underneath me. I came crashing down hard onto the wooden steps, back first. Ouch!
It was a powerful, albeit painful reminder, that even when we know there is danger on the journey sometimes it seems unavoidable. We know life has its ups and downs, good and bad times, safe and dangerous places. Wisdom teaches us how to avoid many of these areas that would cause us harm. However, wisdom also teaches us that suffering is unavoidable.