Down but not out!
My little boy fell this week hurting himself in the process; kids do. He regularly has grazed knees and bruised legs. At some stage during our growth into adulthood we seem to lose the grazed knees; imperceptibly as we grow we seem to run and tumble less. A friend recently fell and grazed her knee and realised how unusual this now was, we began to wonder at what age did we stop grazing our knees?
In reality as adults we do still fall, but it’s just that the wounds are not so visible. But we still need the same help that my son needed when he fell, to have someone lift us up, clean our wounds and help us heal. Sometimes we can feel that no one can see our wounds and yet there is one that sees all.
There’s a story I love in the Bible of a young girl who was sick and expected to die. Her dad sent messages to Jesus asking him to come and make his daughter well. After delay, when all hope seemed gone Jesus came and these are the words he spoke:
“Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.”
“Talitha Koum, Little girl get up.” In reality that’s what all of us need to hear when we fall. Grazed knees … little girl get up, broken hearts … little girl get up, loss and grief … little girl get up. Whatever our wound there is a God that longs to take our hands and speak those words to us “Little girl get up.”
The girl in the story got up and we can too. Our wounds may not be visible but God sees them. In the same way that my son when he hurt himself he needed to let me help him, we need to give God permission to work in our lives and help us up. So often when we hurt we do it alone not allowing others in, including God. We focus on the hurt and not on the fact that there is one who can help us and heal us. Even when it feels like all hope is gone, God is there to restore hope.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
The key to the verse is when we seek him, when we call on him. It begins with us, but the promise is that he will be found by us. The words of this song sum this up –
“How many times have you found me wandering in the rubble of yesterday’s hope. Weighed down with burdens, barely standing but, I am desperate to see you again
I’m running into your arms of grace, with no reason to hide away, it’s not the first time I’ve been in this place, I’m coming home again, I’m welcomed home again.” Arms of Grace, Beth Croft”
Wherever you are hurting today know that if you allow him he will whisper those word to you “Talitha Koum, Little girl get up.”