A stumble may prevent a fall. (English proverb)

When we stumble and almost fall, it may make our heart skip a beat. We may be shaken up a bit, but it helps to realize that, at least, we didn’t fall down and hurt ourselves. The same can be true in the social world. We may stumble verbally or make a bad choice that is disturbing. But, that stumble may have been a warning that will prevent a serious failure.

We all stumble in many ways (James 3:2). So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Corinthians 10:12)