When we were babies and we began the big journey of learning to walk, we stumbled…a lot. We fell, scraped our knees, cried, and did it over and over I’m sure. Our parents didn’t stand behind us laughing when we fell and they also didn’t get angry with us when we tripped up either. They followed closely behind, held onto our hands, and picked us back up on our feet when we stumbled and fell. The same is true with God. God is not this superhuman being sitting on a throne above us laughing when we fail and fall. And he also does not get mad and angry at us when we trip up and mess up. God knows we will fall, he knows there will be times we will fail him. And he knows it will happen over and over again. But thankfully, God is a loving, merciful and forgiving God. He doesn't just sit on his throne in heaven and stare down at us all. He walks beside us, just as our parents did when we were young, he walks with us, through the stumbles and falls, the scraped knees and bruises, He is there. Not only does God walk with us but He makes a way for us to walk with Him through places we would never see without Him. Zechariah 3:7 says, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.
Feeling like we are walking through life can be overwhelming, depressing and lonely. But God says, I will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). There are times in our lives when we feel like God has left our side because we aren’t getting an answer from him. Or we feel disappointed in ourselves because we feel like God could never forgive us for something we have done. But this is only in our minds. God is ready and wants to forgive you, to help you, to love you. Though we may feel horrible when we fail, God sometimes wants us to in order to realize that we need him. He likes to be needed because He knows all the good he can do for you in your life.
We can take examples from the word. Everyone falls short. The woman at the well had five husbands when Jesus met her (John 4:4-42). Saul was a killer of the Christian people (Acts 9:1-19). Abram lied about his wife Sarah and said she was his sister (Genesis 12). Noah was drunk and payed naked in a tent (Genesis 9). David sleeps with Bathsheba, a married woman (2 Samuel 11). And there are more. The point is that no one is perfect. We need God in order to start the perfection process and even with Him we will fail and fall short. However, with him we can become better and learn from our mistakes so that we hopefully can turn from them and move forward with God. God changes us from the inside out little by little. Don’t ever feel like you are the only one who let’s yourself and God down. You’re not. Everyone does it even if it doesn’t show on their Facebook or Instagram. We are human, so we like to cover up and put a mask on our mistakes in order to look the perfect part. But God knows our hearts. There is nothing we can do to hide our faults from him. But that’s the beauty of it. He knows our ugliest parts and loves us anyways. He thinks we are perfect even when we sin. He wishes us to love him and follow him through our failures so he can hold us up. There is no greater love than that of God for his people. No one is perfect. No one ever will be. Accept it. Love it. Live in the life of God’s beautiful grace and mercy and move forward in Him.
He gives us roots so we can fly. Roots and Wings.