When I was a child in elementary school our school had a program called, ‘Challenge Ed’. Challenge education is a complex synthesis of a variety of therapeutic, educational, recreational, rehabilitative, and enrichment strategies. It was one of the best parts of every year.
We would take a field trip to a place that was set up in an obstacle coarse style. Each station had a goal to achieve as a class or individually. Each station was designed to help strengthen different strategies for approaching and solving tough obstacles.
One of the main lessons I remember that was consistently practiced and a lot of emphasis was given to is the trust fall. For those of you who may not know what the trust fall exercise is– let me explain.
It was a safety exercise that each person had to complete before each station was attempted.
The students were broke into groups of two– one as a spotter– one as the ‘faller’. The idea was to build trust with our classmates and learn that we all need someone reliable to catch us if we fall. The exercise went like this:
Faller asks: Spotter ready?
Spotter says: Ready.
Faller asks: Ready to fall?
Spotter says: Fall.
Faller says: Falling.
Then the faller– with arms crossed on their chest– falls back. The spotter is behind and catches the faller as they begin to fall back and help them stand back up. After that, the faller and spotter switch positions and the challenge repeats.
Once the trust fall challenge was complete– each student took their turn at attempting to complete the obstacle. The one completing the obstacle was the ‘faller’ in the trust fall example. Each spotter than surrounded the obstacle and would encourage and assist the faller in navigating their way through the obstacle– warning before missteps, and nearby to catch them if they fall.
The trust fall we did in elementary school reminds me a lot about the reality of life and the need we have for a spotter (a Savior) on a daily basis.
We navigate our way through life’s obstacles daily– some are easy– while others are rather difficult. Navigating through day to day life is a lot like navigating through a new challenge on the obstacle course– we are going to misstep, slip, or even fall off and have to start over.
The importance lies in our safety net– who or what is your ‘spotter’. When you slip, misstep, or fall off the wagon completely in your daily life– who is there to catch you? It is called a ‘trust fall’ are you putting your trust into unreliable people or things?
The Call of Wisdom
Proverbs 1:20-21 NKJV
20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.
21 She cries out in the chief concourses,
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
The Excellence of Wisdom
8 Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.
3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:
4 “To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.
The Way of Folly
13 A foolish woman is clamorous;
She is simple, and knows nothing.
14 For she sits at the door of her house,
On a seat by the highest places of the city,
15 To call to those who pass by,
Who go straight on their way:
Hearts inclined to God hear wisdom. Hearts with little depth and no desire for God hear folly (lack of good sense; foolishness).
The tongue contains the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21) A good ‘spotter’ in life will always speak life and wisdom with the power of their tongue. The Bible tells us wise words bring healing (Proverbs 12:18), and a soft answers turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up strife. (Proverbs 15:1)
Choosing the Ultimate Spotter
We can choose a spotter that is of the world– people like friends, family, spouses– and they may be a ‘good safety net’ 50 percent of the time. Meaning half of the time or more– when you misstep or fall– there will be no one there to catch you and stand you back upright.
People fail us because we are human. We make choices daily that have an affect on us one way or another. Having a solid, unfailing safety net that works 100 percent of the time is essential.
So, who is the ultimate spotter- who is the one that we can trust to catch us 100 percent of the time when we fall- and the only one who is perfect- full of wisdom and speaks no folly. Who is the one who will guide you’re every step if you are diligently practicing the trust fall challenge?
Jesus- our one and only true Savior in this world.
Seeking wisdom through His word and exercising your faith- diligently practicing the trust fall challenge.
We are the ‘faller’- He is the ‘spotter’.
We ask Jesus, are You ready?
Jesus says to us: He is always ready.
We ask: are you ready to catch me when I step out in faith?
Jesus says: Step- I will catch you when you fall.
We say: I have stepped out in faith- and I am falling.
Jesus calmly, not phased, or surprised by our misstep– simply set’s us back up and encourages us to step again.
I have heard it said like this before:
It does not matter how many times you fall or misstep- what matters is that you get back up again.
Having the ultimate spotter- Jesus- with each step you take will ensure you have the support and encouragement to rise again.
Fall down seven times- stand up eight.
For a righteous man may fall seven times
And rise again,
But the wicked shall fall by calamity
Note: (calamity is an event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; a disaster)
I encourage you today to evaluate your trust fall. Where does your trust lie- with people or things-or with God?
If you are not consulting God or putting your trust into Him- you will likely face an obstacle in life that knocks you down and you will struggle to get back up again. Leaving you feeling hopeless, helpless, and stuck.
I am writing this to tell you that you do NOT have to stay stuck in a rut. God will be your rope of hope that lifts you out of deep trenches and calmly sets you back on your feet to try again.
Thank you Lord for being a God that we can trust. Thank you for being near to us and ready to catch us anytime we misstep or fall. I am thankful you are a God of encouragement and understanding- you take our missteps and use them for good for Your kingdom. Forgive me God, for putting my trust into the wrong things. Forgive me for not turning to you to lift me up and set my feet back upon Your rock of truth. I pray each person who reads this would hear the message You are trying to teach us. I pray each of us would evaluate who we have as our spotter for life’s daily trust fall challenge. I pray that each person’s eyes, ears, and hearts are opened and inclined to hear Your word. I pray that the voices of those who speak folly would be silenced as we seek to rise again in You. It is in Jesus name I pray.