“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.”
Ever trip on nothing? Catch an edge of your shoe on perfectly flat ground? Had your ankle suddenly give out on you and toss you into the bushes?
I’m that good.
It’s a gift, really.
‘Falling’ is not a state of power. Quite the opposite.
No one likes to stumble. It’s embarrassing. It gives us angst. Think about the ways in which we use the word ‘fall’.
We ‘fall short’ of a goal. If we are foolish, we will ‘fall for’ a prank or a scam. A misstep is a ‘falter’. A ‘fallen angel’ is an evil spirit. If we really disappoint someone we love, we ‘fall from grace’. When stocks fall, we lose money. Bones break when our elderly family members fall in their own homes. Pride goes before a fall. Styles fall out of favour.
Oh, how the mighty are fallen…
Perhaps it is because of all the negative connotations of the word ‘fall’ that we don’t like the idea of falling to our knees.
But the apostle Paul, an important key figure in the development of the early church, speaks here of falling to his knees in prayer. Kneeling is a posture of humility, of accepting authority. One of the pivotal leaders of the movement that would go on to change the world doesn’t mind being put in his place one bit.
It is a grace filled fall, this bending of the knee to One greater than he.
It is a letting go, and an accepting of the mantle of servant.
And therefore, glorious.
Look at the leaves as they fall. Trees are never so beautiful as when they are letting go of their golden cloaks, allowing the natural ebb and flow of life to slip through their fingers.
Ironic, isn’t it.
Paul never stood so tall as when he was down on his knees, acknowledging how much he owed to the One who let go of His own life to save ours.
Perhaps there is the truth of the grace filled fall to our knees – because humility and grace worked so powerfully in Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, those traits also look good on us.
Fall to your knees with me?
Father, as we watch the leaves fall for another season, we are reminded that there is grace and dignity in letting go of our own agendas and adopting Yours. We willingly bow our knees to Your authority. Amen.