• Amber Albee Swenson

If you're having a hard time standing, feel free to fall

Chris Tomlin wrote a song made popular by Matt Maher titled, "Lord, I need you."

My favorite line in the song says, "When I cannot stand, I'll fall on you."

So often when I’ve been struggling I’ve been told to take one step at a time. That’s a good reminder that often it’s too much to look too far ahead. When you’re in a pit, getting out can seem a long ways off. But taking one step, well, that’s manageable.

After the last few months, I’m thinking maybe it’s a better option to just fall.

You’d be in good company. When Hezekiah was mocked and degraded in front of all the people by the field commander of the powerful king of Assyria, he tore his clothes. He sent his trusted advisers to Isaiah the prophet. In the meantime, messengers from the king of Assyria sent a letter to Hezekiah warning him not to depend on his god, because no other nation’s god had been able to deliver the country from mighty Assyria’s army.

We’re told, “Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord” (Isaiah 37:14).

Maybe I’ve got this all wrong, but I’m picturing Hezekiah on his knees spreading this letter on the ground in front of him, not unlike Daniel when he heard Darius had signed the edict making it unlawful for anyone to pray to anyone but Darius.

“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” (Daniel 6:10).

And then there was Jesus on the Mount of Olives, with the weight of what would happen next crushing him in his humanity.

“He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed…” (Luke 22:41).

James put it this way: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up” (4:10).

Next time you find yourself distraught, overwhelmed, or burdened to the point of exhaustion, feel free to fall. Don’t try to keep standing. Lay the stress and burdens of life down. Spread them before THE King.

He's the only one who can change a lot of what bothers us anyway. If we're grieved by our sin, He forgives.

If we're grieved over the actions of another, He comforts. If we feel let down, forsaken, alone; He listens, gives peace, strengthens.

If today you're feeling like a mighty warrior, able to withstand (and stand) then great! But if today you feel too weak to face what's ahead, feel free to join me on the ground.

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