A Right Way to Get Up
I discovered there’s a right way to get back up once you’ve been down. I never thought about trying to get up from the floor with a fake knee and a severe arthritic knee on the other side. It can be a problem weeks after surgery. I needed a good plan.
The Story of My Life
My physical therapist asked me how I get up when I’m on the floor. I quickly replied: “I never allow myself to get down on the floor.”
He ignored my smart answer and told me he would show me how to get down on the floor and gracefully get back up.
He spread the sheet from the exam table on the floor and drew a chair close and demonstrated slipping off the chair to the floor and then pulling up back up onto the chair. I have strong arms so I followed his lead on the first try.
Sometimes in life we end up on our bottoms and we have to deal with it.
“Now I feel better knowing you know how to get back up should you find yourself on the floor,” he said.
There’s a Lesson in That Session
It would be foolish of me to think I’ll never get down in life. No matter how good I might try to be, mistakes and poor choices happen. I can never say: “I will not allow myself to get down.”
I think of the story that Jesus told in John, Chapter four, of the Samaritan Woman. I’ve always liked her. Her outspokenness caught my attention when she addressed Jesus and challenged him. No way will she fill up his bucket with water; after all, Jews didn’t frequent those parts in Sychar. What was he doing there anyway talking yet to a woman?
His response stops me in my tracks. “If only you knew, woman, that I have the ability to offer you living water and the well never runs dry.”
I always smile when he then names all the lovers of her past and the failed relationship she currently had. He didn’t condemn her; that’s not why he came. He offered a better way to live. I explode with joy at her new found freedom and visualize her dancing in the streets causing quite a ruckus.
“Come and see the man who told me everything I ever did. Wait till you see this guy,” she told her friends.
This outcast of a woman was down and out but Jesus set her free and she couldn’t keep it to herself! The neat thing is, he still does it today!
How do you get up when you’re down?