Well, I fell up the steps today. This seems to be my specialty. I never fall down steps, only up them. I think I’m usually in too much of a hurry, and I don’t lift my feet high enough. This is actually one of the dangers of living in older homes. The steps are not built to code and so are often higher than a typical step. At least that’s what I tell myself!
So I feel up the steps and cracked my shin on the metal step guard on the top step. Wow! That hurt. Of course Theo was right there beside me. He thought it was a game that I was yowling and holding my knee. He tried to mouth my hands to get in on the fun. Sigh. I grabbed the railing and hobbled over to a chair to pull up my pant leg and see the damage. It was not too bad. I broke the skin, but mostly it just stung. It will probably be black and blue tomorrow.
I spend most the rest of the day favoring my knee and finding myself remembering, “Oh yeah. I was a klutz earlier.” I also found myself thinking about how fragile human beings are. We really are, you know. We get hurt really easily. Our skin blisters from a tiny bug bite. It breaks open from the slightest fall. You can break a rib from coughing too hard! Our stomach hurts from eating the wrong food. We really are very fragile creatures, and yet God seems to have pretty important purposes for us.
The Psalmist writes:
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor. Ps 8: 3 – 5
It continues to amaze me that God chooses people to be his instruments through whom God chooses to bless the earth. Of course we wouldn’t get anywhere without the Lord’s leading. I wonder sometimes, if that’s why God made us to be fragile… so we would turn to the Lord for help. We are certainly turning to the Lord in these days with a microscopic virus wreaking havoc on the world. It reminds us who is really the strong one in our lives.
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