Friends, I feel as if I’m falling sometimes. Not down the stairs, but free falling from a plane.
OK maybe that was too dramatic. Let me put it a different way.
Have you seen the opening sequence for Mad Men? That one when the man is falling down endlessly. In my mind and situation, the freefall happens in slow motion and it’s uber-dramatic (since I’m into drama…). Fortunately, I am not the only one who has wrestled with this feeling.
Henri Nouwen provided an image that I’m holding onto in this stage of my life. It really has helped me so far these past few weeks as many changes are happening at a rapid pace. Nouwen provided an image of a trapeze artist as the center of hope.
Think back to the last time you went to a circus and try to remember the thrill of watching people fly through the air. The flyers flip and twist only to be plucked out of the air by a patient person on the other side. Back and forth, flipping and swinging, the trapeze artists performed seamlessly without a plunge to the net below. The act was pretty incredible, don’t you think?
For Nouwen, he sees a connection between this art and the Christian life. He sees how we are the ones who are flying through the air, propelled up and then dragged back down by gravity. Does that sound familiar?
As the flyer soars through the air, all they can do is throw out their hands and trust that the other person will catch them. They need to trust in the other person and rely on the fact that they will grab her or him before the fall back to the ground below.
The same thing can be said for those who are in Christ. All we can do is throw our hands into the hair and trust that the One who is true to his word will catch us before we fall.
So the next time you feel as if the ground you were standing on was suddenly pulled out from under you, throw your hands up in the air. That’s all I can do sometimes, and I hope it might bring you a bit encouragement as well.
Instead of falling to the ground like the Mad Men intro, I’m going to trust that Christ will catch me before I fall. For he is faithful, even when I am faithless, and I trust that he will pluck me from uncertainty.I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in Psalm 121