I remember how after my eye operation for a macular hole, I had to lie flat on my face for an extended period of time. I was good for nothing and my body ached because I am not made to lie on my face like that for an extended time.
Have you languished in a posture or position you were not made for? It is not comfortable nor useful for you to stay longer than you should in that position.
What does ” flat on your face” mean? :
Flat on your face – to fail or make a mistake in an embarrassing way For example, the new scheme fell flat on its face in spite of all the financial support that was given.
When you fail completely, and everyone can see you fail, you “fall flat on your face”.
Have you ever fallen flat on your face? And, I don’t mean figuratively – I mean literally. Well, I did just recently and let me tell you it was not a pleasant experience. I still have the battle scar and bruises to prove it! A broken front tooth on one occasion, cracked lenses on a pair of spectacles, at another. But everything about the experience was not unpleasant because by nature I choose to see the good in even unpleasant situations.
First of all, falling on your face, while not pleasant, is not such a bad thing in the long run, IF the experience results in a new perspective on life.
Most artists will attest to having painted over the first layer of paint on a canvas, trashed their first, second, or third attempt at creating a piece, have started over before finally creating a masterpiece! From the perspective of the artist’s attempts to bring to perfection their techniques and interpretation, it becomes for you a masterpiece as you recognize that this amazingly, talented artist-creator has journeyed from his/her “flat on your face” experience to a new level of artistic expression which could have only been created out of their unique life experiences.
Secondly, bruises are a natural part of life. You may prefer to avoid the hurtful experience that lead to the bruising but ultimately, it is through those experiences that our lives take on vibrancy. Have you ever noticed the beautiful color palette of most bruises? The array of color is simply amazing – red, purple, blue, pink, yellow, green, etc. And the designs within the bruises can be described with adjectives like unique, ever-changing, growing, shrinking, bold, and subtle.
And lastly, just like good things can come from life’s unexpected events, an artist’s masterpiece often is created unpredictably. Quilters may start a quilt with one vision only to have it change as they piece the fabrics together. As a personal inheritance, my paternal grandmother left each of her grandchildren a beautiful colorful quilt she had designed for each with spontaneity.
As a potter begins with a lump of clay on the wheel, the potter’s hands forms the clay into one shape, the clay takes on a life of its own, often in a completely different direction than the potter expects with the end result being an object of equal or greater beauty.
Our ‘fall on our face ‘ experiences similarly come unexpectedly. May we learn the purpose from each surprising fall for which we can be thankful afterwards.
“And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought Him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And he [Jesus] put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.” (Luke 5:12,13)
This man had a great need. The Bible says he was “full of leprosy.” That means it was not just isolated to a small area of his body. It was all over his body. It was the ultimate “bad news.” This man was considered unclean and forced to live separated from the rest of society, including his own family.
This leprous man saw Jesus and immediately “fell on his face.” This was an act of worship on his part. He quite obviously believed that Jesus was God in the flesh. So he worshipped Him.
How about you? Do you believe that Jesus is God in the flesh? Are you willing to fall on your face before Him, worshipping Him for who He is? It’s a simple and a powerful thing to do that will produce results for you, too.
If you are willing to fall on your face worshipping Jesus and His Father, setting your love upon them, you have the absolute right to expect their help. The Bible says so.
“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16)
Have you suffered a fall recently? I have. I have not remained on my face but have risen with His help to renewed faith in His protection and love. Praise The Lord.
Join me this new year 2015, in celebrating Emmanuel, God with us. Whatever experience we have been through and will go through – in and during the fall and uplift from our faces – His grace and Presence has been and will be sufficient for us. Praise The Lord! Amen.