Many years ago, my daughter, Julie, went to pick up her two children from school. Three-year-old Amanda was thrilled when her teacher surprised her with a balloon. The balloon was clutched carefully in her hand as they went out to the playground to pick up her brother, Jamie, from Kindergarten. But in the hustle and bustle of the playground, misfortune struck. Amanda’s helium balloon got pushed to the ground and it immediately burst.

“My balloon!” Amanda cried in despair. Fortunately, her teacher had another balloon to replace the one she had lost.

I couldn’t help but think about what it means to feel like a broken balloon. The ancient Hebrew, Job, had an amazing attitude. In spite of the trials he faced (Read more about his hardships in the book of the Bible named after him), he endured—not with a “woe is me” attitude, but with an attitude of grace.

Job knew how to burst his own balloon of pride and remain broken before the Lord. He knew that in order to stay on the right track spiritually he would need a continual refill of grace and strength from his God.

Has your own “balloon” burst? Are the people at your job giving you difficulty? Are you facing problems with your teenagers? Is your family upset because of something you said? Then stay close to the Lord today. He will pour His own courage into you so you can soar once again.

The only way to keep a broken vessel full is to keep it always under the tap. — D.L. Moody

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder