Poor Jimmy Stewart...every time he
gets up too high and looks down,
this weird spiral thing happens and
he feels himself falling...all the
while trying to solve a mystery and
keep his love life sane.
I'm working my way again
through some of my favorite
Hitchcock classics and was thinking
about this movie because, in the
last month or so my own VERTIGO has
been haunting me...as it has some
friends of mine, lately (the
weird weather/sinus issues?)
a sensation of whirling
and loss of balance, associated
particularly with looking down from
a great height, or caused by disease
affecting the inner ear or the
vestibular nerve; giddiness.
This (like some other minor ailments, involving sinuses and the inner-ear) is something that I had never experienced before I moved to Hoosierland AND, I might add, turned 50.
My first experience with vertigo was
around 2005 and it hit me suddenly,
I honestly didn't know what had
happened except that I had to lay
flat on my back for about 36 hours
I've not had it that bad
It's not been bad, and I
actually don't have much of a
problem during my work day
(unless I bend over to pick
something up), but when I lay
down at night, and roll from one
side to the other, and when I sit up
to get out of bed...wow!
It's difficult to describe to
someone who hasn't experienced it,
and its symptoms probably vary from
person to person, but for me the
effect is not dizziness so much, as
a sudden confusion as to what is
down and what is up.
When I fell over once, it
wasn't the sensation of falling, so
much as it was the sensation that
the floor rose to greet me.
The cause seems to be something
very, very small.
My doctor informed me early
on that quite possibly (in my
case) it could be allergy-driven
and maybe as simple and tiny as
infinitesimal calcium particles
irritating my inner ear.
How very strange that
something that tiny, in a small part
of the body can cause a person's
ENTIRE body to be unbalanced, and to
misread what is real.
Our lives get out-of-balance in the
Oh sure, there are LARGE
things that throw us off, that cause
any BELIEVER & FOLLOWER to lose
focus on life's meaning, on God, on
what is real...those are the things
we preach/teach about, those are
But the scripture, and Paul's
words specifically, warn against not
being prepared for the seemingly
We don't realize the big
effect of things that seem
irrelevant and small.
Paul encourages us to live life as
if we were running a race, and to
"take off" anything that hinders our
performance in that race.
He writes at a time, in Greek
history, when foot races were run by
unencumbered by ANYTHING that would
slow them down.
Today's racers, thankfully
for the sake of modesty, don't run
naked but DO wear running clothes
with little or no air friction.
But what some BELIEVERS & FOLLOWERS
don't understand is that Paul isn't
necessarily always talking about
doing away with sin, but with
ANYTHING that would keep us from
focusing on God and the race of
life...some of these things are not
bad in themselves, but maybe not
conducive to a good life/race.
And some of these things are
small, tiny...seemingly unimportant
But, as with the causes of vertigo,
we understand that a small
insignificant thing (not bad in
itself) can affect the entire
body in ways that are amazing.
When a person suffering from
vertigo can't tell, from what they
see, where 'down" is..."down" will
find THEM quickly...because that
natural gyroscope that we all have
but don't really control, is out of
whack...and the world seems
When we exercise our physical
bodies, we notice there are things
(foods, for instance), which
may not be bad in themselves, but
might not be quite the right foods
for our growth and well-being.
We feel muscles we've never
felt before, we notice subtle things
that went unnoticed when our
physical senses were not so finely
tuned. In the same way, when we
exercise our spirits, the closer we
get to God, the more refined our
senses (spiritual and physical)
become...we notice and sense the
more subtle things.
In other words, it's not only
when we are OUT of a relationship
with God that our equilibriums fool
us, sometimes the larger problems
come when we grow closer to
God...and our spiritual senses
become more finely-tuned.
In that place, we may not
always be able to tell which end is
up...and the cause may be something
so seemingly small and insignificant
that we wouldn't even think of it.
So Jimmy Stewart DID get over his
fear-based vertigo and all was well
as the credits rolled.
What about you?
What keeps you from winning
the race each day?
Are there times when your
soul feels unsettled?
Are there moments when the
world seems out-of-balance...when
your life-equilibrium is
Check the small things:
unjustified fears, unnecessary
habits, unhealthy patterns of
thought, unreconciled relationships,
grudges, or lies from your past.
Some of these small things
are like little bits of calcium in
the inner ear that go unnoticed
until it moves our entire bodies
Small things can affect the race, the life, the victory...so fix them, quickly. The sooner your heart, soul and spirit FEEL what your head already knows. The sooner you will be able to SENSE "which way is up, and which way is down"...and the sooner you'll be able to enjoy the race of life.
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