I was once in a crowded outdoor festival when the sound of gunshots broke through the air. Before I could realize what was happening, the stampede of panicked people had knocked me over and I was on the ground. People kept bumping against me, and I couldn’t stand up.
In a moment of desperation, I looked up and saw a hand reaching out to me, and I grabbed it. Next thing I knew, I was safe inside a building and my rescuer was gone. I never saw his face, but I thank God for the stranger he sent to help me in my time of need. “I am the LORD, your God, who grasps your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”
Just as the crowd knocked me off my feet that night, life’s blows and challenges can often make us lose our balance and fall to the ground. As long as we are trying to get back up on our own, we are telling God we do not need his help. We think that we can figure out what we need, and then ask God to fulfill our plans. But when we do that, we are not really looking for a rescuer, but for a “genie in a bottle.”
We forget that we have a Savior ready to lift us up. The antidote to our forgetfulness is our remembrance: “Do this in memory of me” (Lk 22:19). All we need to do is look up and ask, not for what we think we need, but for him, because he is all we need. And then, in our rising with him, even our fall will give glory to God. “That all may see and know, observe and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this.”
Are you willing to surrender your plans today, and let God grasp your hand?
Lord, help us always recognize your hand lifting us up from our falls. Help us to be humble and to recognize our need for you. Give us ears to hear your word and trust in you.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)