Ever have one of those almost asleep moments when suddenly you feel like your falling – then jerk – and you realize your safely in bed? Falling is one of those fear-full things. Hollywood still uses falling out of buildings, off cliffs, over the side of the boat to build suspense.
I have friends who are afraid of heights – my thing is edges. I don’t like walking along foot bridges or high platforms or mountainsides that don’t have railings. And it’s not just for me – I get those flutterflies in my stomach when my children or hubby get close to the edge – fear-full of the fall.
Adam and Eve fell – and look what that has wreaked. So much heartache – death – lostness.
Sometimes the falls we take aren’t physical – we fall out of popularity, out of favor with employers, out of love. Maybe more painful than the physical. There is a fall that is final – and it’s not out of a twenty story building: “Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:29&31 NLT)
But that kind of fall is not what a follower of Jesus ever has to dread. Ever do the dare of falling backward into someone’s arms? I was never able to completely do it until…Jesus found me. God replaces punishment with provision. Giving His Son for us so that we can fall into the arms of a loving Savior: “He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart.” (Isaiah 40:11a NIV)
So fear-full is falling that when things aren’t working out we say ‘everything is falling apart’. “Grace is what holds you when everything is breaking and falling apart, and whispers that everything is really falling together.” (Ann Voskamp) To trust in God is to say that all this falling is but a passing moment leading to the perfection of eternity that will be ours. Eternity is a Jesus follower’s now – not someday – and in the now, falling apart things work for our good and others. Our broken places help us touch another’s soul – it is not our perceived perfections that draw in a broken heart. It is our brokeness that makes us a safe place.
We’re really all just falling together, safely into arms that secure us forever.
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