I fell this morning!
It was awkward, and happened so fast I didn’t even have time to react. I lost my footing, went down, and on the way hit my head on the wall, bruised a knee, and pulled some muscles. Ouch!
It hurt! It hurt my body, and when that stopped hurting long enough for me to think about it, it hurt my pride. And it hurt thinking that I’m not as young as I used to be, and can’t prevent these falls the way I used to, and don’t recover from them as I once did. I felt vulnerable in a way I’ve never really felt vulnerable before. It was disturbing. Alarming. Humbling.
I fell this morning. But this isn’t about me. You see, later in the morning I opened my Bible and began to read, from Isaiah 40. I wasn’t headed there on purpose, but it drew me in, and when I got to the end of the chapter I read these words:
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
The Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not faint.
The obvious focus of this passage is not on the fact that youths grow weary and young men stumble and fall. but rather that there is a God who does neither! The susceptibility that I felt this morning, and that we humans live with on a daily basis, is not a problem for Him. He never tires, is never weak, will never fall and never fail, and He freely dispenses of His unfailing self to us! And I can’t express strongly enough how incredibly comforting that is!
I fell this morning, as a tangible expression of my humanness. But it’s ok. It has served to renew my strength by reviving my faith in a Almighty God who will never.
PS. You’ve gotten all the information about my fall that you’re entitled to, so don’t dare ask any more question!
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