Have you ever fallen down? I mean physically fallen down. I have recently had the opportunity to hug our foster son after falling down in front of me. The thing about boys is they bounce differently than girls. Now my daughter falls and seems to have no control over “how” she falls, she just hits the ground. Now the boy falls all the time and it is almost like watching a stunt double tuck and roll while narrowly missing the corner of the sharpest object in the room.
The fact is we all fall down.
From the oldest of persons to the youngest of children, we, all, fall.
One of the things that I have learned over the years is that sometimes in order to climb higher you must fall down. You must sometimes hit the bottom in order to find the way up.
I often go back to the moment Jesus calls Peter out onto the choppy water. Peter begins to walk where Jesus walked and then something happens. Peter begins to see everything around him, maybe even thinking about the impossibility of walking on water and he falls.
Like Peter, we will fall. There are times that life itself seems impossible and there is no way out of our circumstances. The fact is Jesus was standing right beside Peter the whole time. The very instance that Peter cries out Jesus reaches down and takes hold of Peter’s hand.
Like Peter we too can hold the hand of Jesus.
Have you cried out to Him lately?
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
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