For some, 2017 began in the midst of great sadness, the loss of a loved one, a sickness, a seemingly senseless trial and a great wondering. Crisis can bring deep spiritual questioning to the strongest of faiths. It digs into the reservoir of our souls and exposes the dry, stale places that have cracked and are in need of refreshment and new life. It pleads with reason and entices doubt and is the very substance of borderline heresy. But it’s not the rant of a heretic to beckon the Holy Spirit to make sense of confusion, carry us through the waters of grief, or make clear a way in the darkness. The place of coming to the end of yourself might just be the most blessed gift given to any of us called His own. Now it is almost spring and the sadness remains. We spring forward with our clocks but there is another way with our hearts.
There is a secret place where finding your way is discovered as we fall forward, forehead to the ground, face to the floor. It’s a prostrate fall that brings everything into focus and submission to God; and I can’t explain it, but therein is the revelation. It’s just what’s needed and not one bit more to get up and keep moving, keep trusting, keep engaging. It’s the falling forward that helps us spring back into action. It’s the falling forward that reveals truth and supplies my every need for confidence that He who began a good work in me will complete it until the coming of the Lord. His work-not mine.
Bringing every part of our being: from our grateful heart to our longing soul to God is our best beginning. His kindness towards us is to meet us there every time, and supply all we need to endure in our faith. He brings the gift of peace through the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord; he equips us in every good thing to do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21
Choose you this day, every day by falling forward. It is a holy mystery as to the powerful ability you will find to spring back into the abundant life you may not realize you had even lost.
Anxiousness, regret, grief, and melancholy cannot survive in the presence of the Lord. They dissipate at the point at which we name our gratefulness and God’s truth carries us into the light out of darkness.
What happens the next day, when any one of those dreadfuls show back up? Fall forward…Cry it out; speak His name over it; describe your helplessness; repent of your unbelief and lack of pursuit; spring back.
Next day? Fall forward… spring back.