I was watching a video with skateboarders, unicyclists, and other stunt persons and said, they probably fall often and break a lot of bones. My husband casually replied, yes they probably do, but they also learn how to fall.
I was stuck on that phrase because the oxymoronic brilliance was inescapable. No one even likes to fall, so then who learns to fall?
The answer is those who know that they are at a higher risk of falling, those who know that the fall is only temporary, and people who know that growing is intertwined with falling, are the people who learn to fall. Those who know that falling is a part of life, do not fear falling but learn to fall well so that they can get back up again.
I know that we are taught to avoid the pits and trenches of life, but what if we were taught to fall with some measure of grace and wisdom.
Skateboarders risk breaking a few bones on their quest to become prolific in their art, and to become strong in this life some falling and maybe even breaking must occur. Not a breaking of bones, but habits, thinking and affiliations, so that we can become better people. Stuntmen and women learn to fall in a particular way to avoid or minimise life-threatening injury and we too should learn to fall.
Because we know that trying times and low points are a definite part of life, learning to fall is mainly about our belief. Our hearts won’t be irreparably broken if when we fall we believe that “Though [we] fall, [we] shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth [us] with his hand.” Psalm 37:24 KJV.
I listened to Dr. Tony Evans and his children talk about how they held on to their faith after a series of deaths in their family. Although they prayed, believed, and tried every earthly method to heal his wife from cancer, as they faced what was certainly another falling season in their life, he said that he chose to believe everything that he knew about God.
We must believe before the fall or as we see the tragedy approaching that “the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen [us] [setting [us] on a firm foundation] and will protect and guard [us] from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 AMP
Do not let situations get to your doorstep and you are without hope and belief in God. If that happens, you will likely begin to freefall without a safety net and with no techniques to help you land safely.
The things that send other people spiralling out of control to a destructive end will not be your story. Your story must be one of learning to fall. Learning to fall into the arms of God, unreservedly believing everything He promises in His word, and fully expecting Him to not just save you, but to grow your character, grow your endurance and make you better and stronger on this journey of life.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honour on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:7 NLT
With every fall, the baby, the skateboarder, the stuntwoman become more courageous, more resilient, and more proficient. The falls of life are not meant to take us out, they are meant to make us better. We are meant to learn from every fall, we are meant to assess our stride and modify our behaviour where necessary. We are meant to learn from past mistakes and avoid known ditches. We are meant to expect the difficulties and learn how to turn and to whom, to minimize the impact.
We are meant to learn from the word of God, to let the word of God teach us how to fall gracefully, how to grow in bravery, and how to live courageously, knowing that whatever fall may be around the corner, experience and the Word of God has sufficiently taught us how to fall and more importantly, how to get back up.
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