You Could Have Fallen Harder
Today, I remembered an incident that happened a few years back in another city where I worked. That day, the school was busy with life. The nursery students on the trees were playing, jumping about and bursting forth with energy. One would think the kids were on a high. I was tempted to join in. But I had to be watchful, there’s no telling what could happen when children are let loose to play.
Sure enough, shortly after I thought about this, I heard one of the children screaming.
We (Bimbo and I) rushed over to check out the emergency. It was nothing more than a tiny scrape on her knee. Something told me that this child had already learned that nothing is too small for “Teacher Ezar’s kisses” or “Teacher Bimbo’s hugs.”
She got plenty of both.
Then I heard an elderly matron say something that was so worldly, so meaningful, so wisdom-filled.
“Well, don’t you worry, now. You could have fallen harder.”
Oh, you know me. Those words danced off her tongue and rolled right up inside my ears and didn’t stop until they took residence in my heart.
Looking back today, I know that they were meant for me to hear. They were spoken words that needed writing.
I usually like to pick up and dust off words thrown about in a conversation. I sift through the wreckage of tear soaked words and turn them back around into a lesson, something useful. I didn’t know it then but those words took root in my heart and I’m glad they did.
How many times have you fallen?
Not down on the ground from high up. Not stumbling over some seemingly invisible obstacle in your path.
Have you fallen from a safe place where you thought everything was alright?
We all have.
That’s why those words stood out from the rest for me.
“You could have fallen harder.”
Read them now as if God were speaking to you directly.
You are hurt. You are emotionally struggling with a loss.
You were shocked to discover something in your life and you are devastated, drained of all hope.
“You could have fallen harder,” God reminds you.
You know who falls the hardest?
Faith is a soft spot right next to the edge where you could have fallen further.
Next time you find yourself down a little or drowning in self pity and pain, remember that God will let you fall hard sometimes but…