Why, I often wonder, is it so difficult for the human race to admit our brokenness? Our deep need for help?
When, I often wonder, did it become shameful to be weak?
Who, I often wonder, defined what weakness means?
I think of the heart of a child.
I think of the days when they are learning to walk; waddling and falling more than succeeding, but continuing to try anyway.
I think of how often they fall. They hit their head, they tumble to the ground, they misjudge how far the wall is from their grasp and they topple over instead. And through all of this wandering, they are left with bumps, bruises, scrapes and tears.. For this is the result of learning.
They make mistakes… They get hurt… They ask for help… They seek comfort… They admit their need for shelter, love, acceptance… And they find healing.
Their tiny hands aren’t afraid to continually reach out and ask for our help. Yes, they ask for help over and over and over, they crawl into our arms when their attempts have failed, they allow us to wipe away their tears, kiss away the pain, and when they stand back up on wobbly legs, they cling to the hands that we give them, and continue on, acknowledging that any journey toward success is paved with brokenness and growing.
One of the most beautiful pictures of the depravity of humanity is found in the tiny life of a toddler in the process of learning what life is. They know that they need help, love, guidance, comfort, discipline, acceptance, healing and growth… And they ask for it without shame or fear of looking weak.
That, in my mind, makes them more courageous than us in ways that we will never understand.
As adults, teenagers, parents, grandparents, spouses, pastors, leaders, world changers… We wake up everyday and we fight to push past our weaknesses, failings, and our shortcomings as we navigate through life, but we are missing the point.
We need to once again find the courage to be young toddlers who aren’t afraid to fall and admit defeat. Wobbling toddlers, learning about life, reaching out for the loving hand of Jesus Christ, falling into His arms, allowing Him to kiss away the pain, crying out to Him… admitting our brokenness and asking Him for help.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”