Recently, my children where playing with some dominoes on the kitchen table. They had created a long line of them and were planning on finishing it before a sudden movement started the chain reaction. Time seemed to stand still as they watched their hard work come to an end before they were ready. Their eyes wide open for what seemed like minutes instead of seconds and a loud “Ohhhhhhh!” at the end. They started over and finally got the end result they were looking for.
n. A cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events (taken from dictionary.com)
It is so easy to get stuck in a chain reaction of sin, anger, grief, guilt or other destructive stronghold. One lie leads to another, one glance turns into an inappropriate conversation, one word yelled in anger can lead to guilt. It only takes one event or word to start a chain reaction of other devastating circumstances. Many times, before we realize what happened we are standing there, mouth wide open, wondering how it every got this far.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 2 Corinthians 1:3
If this has been your pattern, I urge to turn towards God. It is only through his power and grace you stop the ripple effect of these damaging strongholds. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Even if all seems lost and there seems to be no way back, God is waiting to offer you a second chance. He is a God of new life. He wants to give you the opportunity to create a chain reaction of kindness, love, obedience and forgiveness in your life that spills out onto those you come in contact with.
For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:25