As I ran through the trails, with the sun beating down and a cool breeze before me, I pondered the personal significance of the word “stand.”
Like many of you, I’m sure, my mind immediately went to the classic hymnal, my hope is built. “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand” While images of milky sand shifting beneath my feet drifted, I knew it meant more to me than that alone.
As I neared the decent of the hills portion of my run, I tripped, nearly falling on roots deeply embed yet perturbing from the ground. Admittedly, I’ve fallen here before, once so bad that my husband had to carry me the 20 minute trek back home.
And as quickly as I recovered, with a swift sigh of relief, I saw an image of Jesus knelt down beside me, with his hand stretch out. I’m laying on the ground, cradling my ankle from the fall, breathing heavy from the blow of pain and unexpected shock. “You’re going to be OK,” he said in the gentlest of voices. “Let me help you stand.” I reach out, taking his hand in a life grip, anticipating the pain and discomfort. But to my surprise, it’s not so bad and with the support of this gracious man, who chose to help me, instead of mocking me, I fumble my way back home.
While it’s not the most complex of visions, I realized it represents the weight the word “stand” carries for me.
In life, we’re bound to stumble, trip and at times, fall flat on our faces and like challenges, we should come to expect them! We veer from the path God’s set before us, we let idols hold our gaze longer than his and fall prey to the temptations this world lusts after. Our sin is deeply engrained and despite how far we’ve come, we inevitably fall far short from the perfect and holy standards of our God.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” ~ Romans 3:23
One of my greatest obstacles in surrendering to Jesus, was my need to “control my life” and “wrap it up pretty.” I had unrealistic expectations of perfection and feared the humility it takes to fall gracefully. But God was patient with me and with his loving nudges and unveiling of my eyes, I soon discovered, the very things we fear the most, are the things he came to set us free from!
God knew my expectations were unattainable- that I’d never meet the law. But he loved me too much to leave me and when all seems hopeless, he always steps in. He sent his son to bare the pain of our punishment while he was still a stranger to us! And when that glorious day came, and we met him heart to heart, inviting him into our lives, he promised to be there, every day, every step of the way.
“Don’t be afraid, because I am with you. Don’t be intimidated; I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will support you with my victorious right hand” ~ Isaiah 41:10 [Gods Word]
So no matter how many times I fall, he’ll be there to catch me and pull me to my feet. He’ll strengthen me and nurture me back to health, until I’m strong and able on my feet. In life, as in dance, I choose to glide on blistered feet!
“Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again!” ~ Proverbs 24:16
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