By Tommy Rush
On a trip to the grocery store last weekend, I saw something no one wants to see happen to another person. A lady slipped on the icy parking lot and fell hard on the pavement. It was difficult being only a few feet from her, but not being able to stop the fall from happening. It felt as though it happened in slow motion. As she began losing her balance on the ice, several people reacted, but we were unable to stop the fall. It was evident she was hurting, but thankfully no bones were broken. We all know from experience the pain of a hard fall. Maybe I should say the hard stop!
Even when there’s not ice, it’s easy to fall. Sometimes we step wrong or fail to see a hole. Some falls happen when we get careless and don’t watch where we’re walking. Last week I was reminded that once a fall starts, it’s hard to stop and it usually ends in pain. It was tough to see the lady fall, but it was a blessing to see people responding so quickly to help her. Over and over she told us how embarrassed she was, but grateful for everyone’s kindness and help.
We can all relate especially if we’ve had the experience of falling and needed someone’s help to get up off the ground. Few things are more embarrassing than physically falling in public. It’s interesting how we almost immediately look around to see if anyone saw us take the tumble. It’s also interesting how we immediately begin telling everyone that we’re ok. Taking a spill on ice and pavement always hurts, even when our pride is hurt more than our body. You probably have a good story to tell from a personal experience. Hopefully you also have a good story of the person or persons who picked you up when you needed help. It’s good to know there are good people who are willing to help, if we are willing to let them! Even Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one… for if either of them falls, the one will be there to lift up his friend. But woe to the one who falls when there is no one to lift him up.” A compassionate friend or stranger is an awesome blessing when we need a helping hand.
The same is true when a person falls morally or spiritually. If you have ever tried to live for Christ, then you know we walk on some slippery and slick ground everyday. We live in a world where it’s easy to fall. Paul said in Ephesians 5:15 “Be careful how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.” One translation uses the phrase “Walk circumspectly.” That means walk with your eyes wide open, looking around, paying attention. We are to be careful as we walk in the world. Why? Because everyone knows the pain of falling. We have all hit the ground hard at some point in life. Actually, we are all fallen people living in a fallen world and we need each other. Even more we need a Rescuer! The One who came to our rescue has a name. Jude 24-25 gives an awesome promise of God to all who will take His hand and by faith trust Him, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, dominion and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen.”