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Get Back Up

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Though a righteous man falls seven times,
he will get up,
but the wicked will stumble into ruin.

Proverbs 24:16

When our oldest son, Dylan, was thirteen he asked to play football. We were brand new to Texas and thought that may not be the best idea. After all, kids in Texas are born holding footballs. He would have to catch up. Dylan was so sure of what he wanted that we agreed, and in no time he was at workouts and then spring football camp. I’ll never forget how excited he was when tackling started. It was a huge adrenaline rush for him.

Time and time again Dylan would get tackled and taken to the ground. We would ask him, “Did you get back up?” And he always answered, “Yes”. That’s what we wanted to hear as parents. We didn’t tell him you will never get tackled or don’t get taken down. We knew he would take some hard hits as he was learning, and that more than likely, he would end up on the ground. The key was to get back up. Keep going.

We all take some hard hits in life. Sometimes we get hit so hard we can’t get back up. We get tired of taking the hit. We may even lay there for a while. Some of us took a hit and we decided that was it, we aren’t getting back up again. The hit was devastating. Job loss, divorce, death of a loved one, bankruptcy, disease, homelessness, abuse, addiction and so many other painful things.

If you’ve been laying there for a while too afraid and too weak to move, would you consider getting back up today? Because you aren’t laying there alone. You see, Jesus has been with you the whole time. He will never ever leave you. If you’re ready to get up, He’s reaching His hand out to you. He will help you get back up. Yes, it is scary to know that we will get hit again. It’s inevitable in life.

But, God is in control.

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. (Matthew 10:29-30, ESV) 

It can be difficult to understand how and why God allows painful circumstances. His ways are not our ways.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9, NIV)

I can’t pretend to have it all figured out. I have plenty of questions, but I choose to trust God. He’s God, and I am not. If you have questions, it’s O.K. It’s normal. Bring those hard questions to the Father.

He is working things out for you and me.

28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28, NASB)

This verse in Romans gets quoted a lot, but it’s true. I love that it says and we know. That’s a sure thing. We can count on the God of the universe to work things out for our good. Every time we get tackled by life and get back up, we get a little stronger. Our faith gets a little bigger. When we grab Jesus’ hand as He pulls us back up, we are reminded that we aren’t doing it alone. Those of us who follow Jesus have an advantage. He equips, calls us, carries us, cleans us up, makes a way, does the impossible.

With Jesus, we have all we need to get back up.

“I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
    but the Lord helped me.

The Lord is my strength and my song;
    he has become my salvation.” (psalm 118:13-14, ESV)

 

Love you all,

Meghan

 

 

Heavenly Father,

I lift up all the hurting to you. Those who can’t get back up. They are stuck, afraid. Give them courage and faith to take your hand and get back up. Comfort them and bring healing. And remind them that you are working out something beautiful through their pain. Let them feel Jesus’ loving arms.

Amen

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Get Back Up”

  1. Amen! Suffering is an inevitable consequence of living in a broken world, but God asks us to trust him, no matter what. And the promise He gives in return for that trust is this: “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:10-11) This is my favorite verse of Scripture!

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    1. Amen!! Beautiful Lynn. Love those verses. So much hope and truth there. God does things that I don’t always understand but He knows what is best as the Creator. So I choose to trust even when it hurts or makes no sense. God knows and He is good. 😊🙌

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  2. Dear Meghan, what a beautiful analogy using your son’s football experiences.And a powerful word of encouragement to all of us. We all have those moments when we feel like we can’t get back up, We are too weak, worn or wracked with pain. Thank you for sharing this scripture verse of strength and for your prayer. Beautiful encouragement!

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    1. I’ve been tackled a few times in my life where the wind was knocked out of me. But Jesus picked me up. Thanks so much Melissa for taking the time to read my post and for your support and encouragement. Blogging can be tough, as you know. So, thank you and bless you 😊

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  3. Great comparison between life and football. Knowing that we can get back up, gives us courage to face the tacklers. God helps us back to our feet. I always enjoy your writing.

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    1. There are so many metaphors with football but tackling is such a great visual. Thank you Lord for always getting us back on our feet. Bruce, you are awesome! Thank you for your friendship and encouragement.

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  4. Thank you, Meghan! I am so grateful for your words of encouragement.
    May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you (and your family:). Num 6:24&25

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  5. What a good lesson here. One of the things I like to read in the news paper is the sports page, especially the articles on how a player has overcome some injury or has done well. And I think this helps us in our spiritual life as well. God bless.

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