Yesterday, I was reminded of this simple nursery rhyme you will remember. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. ALL the king’s horses and ALL the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.
I can imagine that the king had many men and many horses and that they were the finest of the land. This wall must have been high enough to protect their great kingdom and I wonder how Humpty even got up there. Something tells me, he probably wasn’t supposed to be there but he climbed up anyway. (There is a definitely a lesson here for us:)
After his fall, I get a picture of valiant men on horseback riding past broken Humpty – some shaking their heads because he was crazy enough to climb the wall, a few bowing in sorrow at what at happened to him, others dismounting and kneeling gently to try to pick up the pieces, and yet others who came bearing glue and tape and a small stretcher to carry the pieces to the infirmary or the workshop. However, it was all to no avail – they could not do anything to put Humpty back together again.
But the KING, now that was another story. The KING could put Humpty back together again and when his chariot passed that way His plan began to unfold and he gently gathered all of the pieces to himself – already gleefully planning the outcome. This is the same KING that does this for us. We fall and others may try to help but only the KING has exactly the right tools to restore our brokenness. I have been perched upon many walls in my life thinking that cancer and financial and marital strife happened to others but not to me. I wasn’t flippant with this thinking but when these things came into my life, I admit to feeling the sting of surprise.
Today, I am dearly acquainted with the KING who specializes in putting us back together. This is one of the sweetest mysteries of our faith – a KING who every single time that we have fallen off the wall and been hurt, has in the most loving ways knelt at our side and lifted our countenance to begin the process of gently restoring all that the enemy has tried to take.
You see this KING is the great redeemer and while He is putting us back together, He also wants to teach us few things. Because of this, He leads us on a marvelous journey that is part of the healing process – a journey that although difficult at times, shapes us into exactly what He had planned all along. I have learned that in falling we are gloriously restored and by trusting we journey through life always being carried by the KING!
“I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15