We All Fall Down
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18 ESV)
Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
We all fall down!
Oh, yes. We do all fall down! In fact, I am rather convinced that my husband is working in tandem with the Lord to bring me and my pride down. You see, my hubby . . . cough cough . . . ‘volunteers’ to walk the dog, and so he meets and talks to neighbors, often finding some in need.
This is where the humiliation comes in.
This week I had a day off and was settled on the couch, laptop and tea at the ready. Since we weren’t going anywhere, I hadn’t showered or brushed my teeth and was wrapped up in my grungy robe. That’s when hubby opened the front door and hollered that our friend had been rear-ended by a bus and was all bent up, needing prayer.
Out I dashed, sliding on my flat dress shoes, two weeks’ worth of stubble the only warmth between my legs and the elements. Mercy. Humbled again.
So far in the last few weeks, women in units #5 and #7 have now seen me in such a state. I reckon hubby is working his way up the townhouse complex until I am sanctified and humbled at the Lord’s feet. Which is just fine with me . . . now . . . But it took me awhile to let go of my vanity and to love others above my own pride. Good thing there’s only 95 more units to go on this humility journey.
When we become disciples of Christ, He does not hand us time cards to punch in and out with. We are on duty whenever and however He calls. But here’s the beauty in all my grunginess: we all have moments when we are not all shiny and presentable – and so what a better state to minister to the hurting then to show up looking worse than them. What authenticity and hope we bring! And, like the nursery rhyme says, ‘we all fall down’. So let’s work at helping each other up, just as we are.
Father, oh how Your Son took on humiliation and shame at the cross! Thank You for the salvation He brought us. Help us then, to not jump to Your call only when it’s convenient, but to be available even when we’re not ‘ready’. We’re at Your service, Lord. Amen!
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