Why Falling Down Is Never the End of the Story

I fell. I fell hard.

 

A few days ago my husband and I were out doing errands. We had just finished a long-overdue lunch with our dearest friends. We dropped by the mall to pick up a few items. With my flat white latte in hand, we were finally done. We found our way to the parking lot, ready to head home. As I approached the car to get in, my ankle twisted in my cute new wedge sandals, and I came tumbling down. Down.

 

As I lay on the ground, my flat white now dripping through my hair and down my clothes, I realized I was stuck. I couldn’t move. I was trying to move. In my utter embarrassment, I wanted nothing more than to quickly gather myself together so I could get in the car and disappear, but I was frozen.

 

All I could feebly manage to utter was “Help!” In a few seconds, my husband was by my side, gently lifting me from the dispassionate and unforgiving asphalt, and setting me safely in the front seat of the car.

 

No, I didn’t break anything. No, I didn’t have a concussion. I was simply stunned from my less-than-gracious tumble, humbled by the gaze of concerned onlookers, and grateful my husband saw me and picked me up, lovingly lifting me to my feet again.

 

Isn’t this what God does for us?

 

Isn’t He the one who sees us in our distress and lovingly picks us up?

 

Isn’t He that present with us in our lives?

 

I am reminded of David in Psalm 145:14 (NIV), when he says, The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

 

How great is the love of God that doesn’t leave us in such a pitiful state lying on the ground. He holds up all who fall – ALL. That means ME! That means YOU!

 

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What moves me more than anything is to realize that in order for Him to pick us up, He had to be there, right there, watching all along. He saw. He sees. He knows. He is right where we are, ready to comfort us and deliver us. He doesn’t shame or scold or punish, He simply lifts us up so we can start fresh again.

 

I love the description in Psalm 37:24 (NIV), though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

 

When we’re broken and scattered in our huddled mess, lying in a heap on the ground, He effortlessly reaches down and holds us up. Our messes are never too difficult for His love to redeem. Our wounds are never too deep for His grace to heal. Our sin is never too great for His mercy to forgive.

 

He is always waiting to forgive. Always ready to heal. Always there to lift us up.

 

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Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) says, Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

 

We don’t have to whisper. We don’t have to wonder. His Word says we can approach Him with confidence and know that He will mercifully and graciously help us in our time of need.

 

No matter where you are, no matter the struggles you face that have knocked you to the ground or frozen you in your tracks, God hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t left you behind. He loves you – no matter what.

 

He is with you. He holds you up with His hand. He waits for you to call out to Him. He longs to pour His grace over you.

 

Call out to Him. Cry out for Him. He will lovingly pick you up, dust you off, and set you back on your feet again.

 

Because falling down is never the end of our story with Christ!

 

Blessings,

Lisa

48 Comments

  1. This is so true. I’ve been in that situation and God gave me a total stranger to help me up. What blessings he bestows upon us.

    • lisamurray

      September 14, 2015 at 6:57 AM

      Yes, Jenny! God always blesses us, He never leaves us in our huddled mess. So glad to have you visiting here today! Blessings to you!

  2. Beautiful. Yes indeed the gracious hand of God is present with us. I could see this today Lisa, your words were so powerful.

  3. Yes, yes, and yes. He doesn’t leave us hanging by a thread. He is there to reach out and protect us, broke and all.

    • lisamurray

      September 14, 2015 at 2:25 PM

      He doesn’t leave us hanging by a thread, Samantha! So glad He loves us, rescues us, and uses us, broken and all! Blessings to you, friend!

  4. Lisa, you got me here, because I’m a faller! (I tend to fall down because I’m kind of clumsy, and it’s a bigger deal now than when I was in my 20’s.) Seriously I fall down a couple of times a year, probably. I’m going to have to remember this, that God is always there to pick me up!

  5. Lisa,
    Ouch! I’m so sorry for your fall and for the loss of that flat white latte! 😉 I am so thankful for a God who picks us up in the middle of every big fall … every big mess. Thank you for the reminder!!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

    • lisamurray

      September 14, 2015 at 2:29 PM

      Lori,
      Thank you for your support over the loss of my latte – that truly was traumatic! Yes, I am so thankful we have a God who picks us up no matter how hard we fall. Blessings to you, too!

  6. Your words are so powerful and touched my heart! I love how you connected Psalm 37:24 “Though he may stumble he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” This brings tears to my eyes. I am so thankful that God upholds me. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of God’s tenderness and love towards us.

    • lisamurray

      September 14, 2015 at 2:30 PM

      Thank you for your kind words, Valerie! I love Psalm 37 and to remind myself that He is so big, yet so tender in His love and protection of me. Blessings to you!

  7. I love this Lisa : “We don’t have to whisper. We don’t have to wonder. His word says that we can approach Him with confidence and know that He will mercifully and graciously help us in our time of need.” His hands are always extending down to pick me up when I am down and catch me when I fall 🙂 Thank you for this sweet reminder of His Grace today 🙂

    • lisamurray

      September 15, 2015 at 6:41 AM

      Thank you, Sarah, for your encouragement! We can approach Him with confidence. He is present with us. He will lift us up. Blessings to you today, friend!

  8. Lisa, thank you for this reminder. Great Post!

  9. What a great reminder from such a personal experience. Thank goodness falling down is never the end of our story. Thank you so much for posting this on the RaRa Link Up.

  10. Mary Dolan Flaherty

    September 15, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Lisa, I too have had the unfortunate fall or two–but I got mad at my husband because he wasn’t right there picking me up (I have since forgiven him). While I read the part about God being so present in our lives that He is right there to pick us up, it occurred to me that not only is that true, but I believe that he watches us so closely that He knows WHEN we are going to fall. He could catch us, and sometimes He does. But sometimes, He knows that we must fall in order to learn. Loved this post. I think the latte in the hair had to be the worst!

    • lisamurray

      September 15, 2015 at 1:33 PM

      Beautiful insight, Mary! I do believe He sees, He knows and He foreknows, allowing and working all things for our good! Blessings!

  11. This is such a beautiful, real reminder. Love it!

  12. “Because falling down is never the end of our story with Christ.” ~ Isn’t He just the best. Picking us up time and again…because He loves us so. I’m so thankful for Him. ~ Thanks for sharing, Lisa. ((blessings))

    • lisamurray

      September 15, 2015 at 1:35 PM

      Thank you for stopping by, Brenda! It is only a story that could be told with God! His love is so powerful, so healing, so life-changing! Blessings to you, friend!

  13. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble Psalm 46:1 – a beautiful post and a wonderful reminder of truth. We all need that!

  14. This is beautiful! I’m so grateful for a God who is right there to pick me up when I fall… even when I’ve caused the fall myself…. He’s a good, good Daddy! Thankful you are okay from your literal fall!! Thank you for these words today. #livefreeThursday

    • lisamurray

      September 17, 2015 at 1:54 PM

      So glad to have you stop by, Crystal! Yes, I am so grateful that we have a good Daddy who is always there, ready to pick us up when we fall. Blessings to you!

  15. Your analogy is so perfect. Even when we think we have it all together, something unexpected could kick us down and make it impossible to get up on our own. Absolutely perfect and just what I needed to hear this morning.
    Blessings!

  16. Hi, visiting from SITS! What a wonderful encouragement this is. I know God has lovingly picked me up time and time again – and he will continue to do so!

    • lisamurray

      September 20, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      Thanks for stopping by today, Katy! God does lovingly pick us up time and time again. So glad His mercies are new every morning! Blessings, friend!

  17. Beautiful post and encouraging for me! Thanks to God for His Grace, Mercy and Love!

    Blessings,
    Tayrina

  18. Thank you for sharing these words at Weekend Whispers.

  19. This is beautiful. Isn’t it great to know that we are not alone in this?

  20. Very encouraging! I have recently made mistakes in my life and in my marriage. About two months ago God was calling me to come back to HIM. He picked me up out of my darkness into HIS forgiveness! Im praying for my husband who has recently filed for divorce and has completely walked away from his faith and church.

    • lisamurray

      September 29, 2015 at 8:58 AM

      Carly,
      It is never too late for God’s redemption and healing. We simply have to focus on our journey and free God to work on those around us in only the way He can. Praying for you today! Blessings!

  21. The verse in Hebrews 4 explains the place we have because Jesus paid for our sins. We have a wonderful Savior! Great picture of God’s love–He picks us up when we fall. I’m visiting from TPT.

  22. Hey lady! I enjoyed your post today! Mercy…”Man down!” Been there done that friend in So. Many. Ways. He is such a good, good Father. Praying you have a blessed day today! (Your “neighbor”- two doors down-from #livefree.)

    • lisamurray

      April 30, 2016 at 6:06 PM

      Hey, Cindy! I think we’ve all fallen down in a not-so-gracious kind-of way! So thankful that we have a good, good Father, too! Blessings, friend!

  23. Amy Betters-Midtvedt

    April 29, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Thank you so much for these words of encouragement today! I feel like sometimes He should be getting a bit tired of picking me up, especially when my stumbles are a result of not listening to Him….like a little kid who wears her mom’s high heels and then is surprised when she falls on the playground. So thankful that He continues to be patient with me!

    • lisamurray

      April 30, 2016 at 6:07 PM

      I feel that way too, at times! So thankful that His love isn’t dependent upon me getting it right. He is forever patient with us. Have a great day!

  24. “Our messes are never too difficult for His love to redeem. Our wounds are never too deep for His grace to heal. Our sin is never too great for His mercy to forgive.”

    So perfectly stated. Thank you for sharing these powerful words of encouragement!

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