Last summer, my husband was walking down our deck stairs holding my daughters hand… they stepped on one stair (these are higher up than they appear in the picture) and it gave out – then they stepped to the next stair and it gave out too! Thankfully my husband had my daughter by the hand and she did not fall through. He strong armed her onto the 3rd step down but he got injured from gripping the railing – the wood punctured his hand and later developed an infection - it was just a mess!
The bottom fell out literally for him that day.
But I think of so many blessings in that moment. I am thankful he was holding her hand…if he had not been holding it – she would have fallen through! I am thankful that he has a strong hand that was able to get her to the next step safely. I am thankful that he took the injury in place of her being injured…and it makes me think of Jesus and his strong hand and how he has endured the pain of the cross for us..
In Hebrews 13:5 he says “Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you.”
God is always with us – he has a strong hand that upholds us when the bottom falls out. He has taken the pain of our sin upon him and covered it over at the foot of the cross…he loves us, protects us, comforts us and never will leave us.
So the bottom fell out for me today…
I had a rough week last week with a cold that turned into Laryngitis and then my washing machine broke with a load in it and more loads to go… and really I was just feeling whiny last week! I thought surely this week would be better…
But today my son tied our wagon to his bike and my daughter got in and he pulled her along – until she flew out! She knocked out her two front teeth (which thankfully were baby teeth) but really scraped up her face. Her lips are swollen and right now she can’t close her mouth to drink or eat…I’m pouring water into her mouth
Sitting in the emergency room – I put on a smile for the kids…but inside I wanted to just throw up! The blood was a little more than I could bare! And the butterflies came as I worried about all the worse case scenarios. After X-rays, some reassurance from the Dr. that her mouth will eventually close again when the swelling goes down (lol! I needed that reassurance!), and some comfort from facebook friends :) I am feeling a little better.
(I took a picture of my daughter’s face but I could see at the Dr.’s office she was embarrassed of it – she complained that she looked like a clown – so I thought it best not to share it with you all right now…but on Saturday we are having her 7th birthday party – so I’ll be taking pictures then – you’ll get to see her toothless smile next week when I post pictures.)
But as we drove to the ER, I prayed with the kids and I told them - even though this took us by surprise, this did not take God by surprise. When we woke up this morning – God knew this accident would happen today. His strong hand was with us – and he carried my little girl to the 3rd step down.
And in hard times like tonight – when the tears seem to flow easy…I’m reminded of John Piper’s words:
It is crucial that in our darkness we affirm the wise, strong hand of God to hold us, even when we have no strength to hold him. This is the way Paul thought in Phil. 3:12 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” ESV
The key thing to see in this verse is that all Paul’s efforts to grasp the fullness of joy in Christ are secured by Christ’s grasp of him. Never forget that your security rests on Christ’s faithfulness first.
Christ is faithful first! It is HIS mercies that are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). HE gave me just enough mercy to make it through last week’s inconveniences. HE gave me the mercy I needed for today – when this frazzled mama just wanted to cry her eyes out in the waiting room and I am counting on HIS mercies for tomorrow’s trials! I can testify - HE is faithful first!
Some days we have to fight for joy. We have to fight to see God in the hard things of life. It is crucial that in our dark moments we remember that though our grasp on God may feel weak – He has a strong hold on us.