Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I Haven't Fallen And I Can't Get Up!

Out of the blue my lovely wife uttered the title of this post.

Not only did I crack up laughing at it, but it seems to me there's a deep spiritual meaning in that phrase.

If not there should be.

Because I certainly feel that way at times. Can I get an Amen or a witless?

These are the sort of revelations I often get. Not that I always get the message. No, far from it. So I'll get remedial revelations because I tend to be...dense at times.

BTW, "remedial revelations" would be an excellent name for a band. So would "I haven't fallen and I can't get up!"

Where was I? You see, this is precisely why I need remedial revelations. But they are still refreshing and new everytime I receive them.
So not getting it all the time can be a blessing.

Then again, I believe it's humbling to know I don't get it all the time (indeed, as my Grandpa used to tell me, "Ben, the older you get the more you realize just how much you don't know.")

However, I Am getting it more.

Every once in awhile a revelation, or part of one sticks and the old lighthouse in my mind goes on and I actually learn something and integrate it within myself.
Not to try to contain it but to allow it to contain me.

When I haven't fallen and can't get up (and vice versa...I think...no wait...) remedial revelations gives me a hand up.
It's part of His grace.

Off topic, we had a flood here yesterday, but thank God the water didn't get in our home.
To say the least, I was more tense abvout it this time then I was during the big one 5 years ago. Then I remembered (again) to do what I can and trust God for the rest.
Gave me peace of mind at least and that also is a blessing. :^)


mushroom said...

I had a weird and basically indescribable dream about Jesus night before last. "I haven't fallen, and I can't get up" covers it pretty well. It's that connection you can't quite make without the remedial revelation. Perfect.

Thanks, Ben. I hope you all have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Thank you Mushroom, and thanks for sharing your dream!

IRT remedial revelations, it's like the idea of purgatory on earth, if you believe in purgatory.
But even if one doesn't believe in purgatory the idea of it, to get nominal Christians (and Jews, etc.) up to speed.

That's my take, anyhow.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! :^)

John Lien said...

I can relate. Seems I need to hear the same message over and over. I'll get it (whatever "it" may be at the time) and it will stick awhile but then fade and I'll need to learn it again. But I think we get "it" a little more each time, as you say, with a little deeper understanding. For me, it's a slow process, like a lichen, near the arctic, with periodic die backs, and months of no growth, and the occasional browsing caribou. (Ok, I think I've beaten that metaphor enough).

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Hi John!

I like your lichen metaphor (damn caribou!).
The more I think about it the more it grows on me. :^)

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It is really important to trust God in every ways. As a cliche saying says, "Everything happens for a reason", and it's true, we should just commit ourselves to Him and have faith.

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