I fell yesterday while outside taking a walk. I was minding my business and my foot slipped on uneven pavement and I began to fall, there was nothing I could do to stop it, it’s like time stood still and I couldn’t believe it.
Walking one minute falling the next. I was laying in the middle of street crying because I hurt my knee and my hand while trying to protect the shoulder where I had rotator cuff surgery a few years ago. I was laying in the street couldn’t move my leg praying no one came around the corner and hit me. I was in so much pain I couldn’t get up on my own. Then a man, I have no idea who, said are you ok? How can I help you? I didn’t know how to answer him, I was stunned, he came over and helped me to my feet. By then my adrenaline kicked in and I knew I could make it. I limped home and cleaned up my scars.
later, I started thinking how this fall reflects many of the things that have happened in my life. I was walking along and then I fell. My falling in life was often bad choices, sin, unintended consequences or just bad luck and trouble. I can remember many times in my life when I looked at where I was in life and asked myself “How did I get here?” Looking back, I don’t always realize how I got there but I know how I got out. Jesus has been steadfast in my life, his grace and mercy has picked me up when I fell, when I was pushed and when I was immobilized by pain, fear or events. When I get worn out I can go to the word of the Lord.
“But I am always with you. You hold my hand. You lead me and give me good advice, and later you will lead me to glory. In heaven, God, I have only you. And if I am with you, what on earth could I want?”
Psalms 73:23-25 ERV
“The Lord is my Rock, my fortress, my place of safety. He is my God, the Rock I run to for protection. He is my shield; by his power I am saved. He is my hiding place high in the hills.”
Psalms 18:2 ERV
“Trust in the Lord and wait quietly for his help. Don’t be angry when people make evil plans and succeed.”
Psalms 37:7 ERV
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
Psalms 46:1-3 NIV
And after reading and understanding.. I am reminded that Jesus will always be there to pick me up when I fall.