Limping down the hallway, my crutches made scrunchy, wet-rubber-on-tile sounds as I headed toward my locker.

I’d been at a doctor’s appointment and everyone was in class except for me. With my book bag thumping against my side, I tried to hurry. Suddenly, without warning, both crutches lost grip. Flailing and flopping, I landed in all kinds of un-gracefulness on the hard floor! Books and assignments lay in a scattered mess. Terrifying thoughts started rushing through my mind.

“Have I hurt myself worse? How am I going to survive this embarrassment? How am I going to get up?”

I looked around. Then I started to laugh. No one had even heard or seen my splat. Half crying (it did hurt!) and half laughing, I awkwardly gathered everything, carefully maneuvered myself into an upright position again, and re-started the journey toward my locker. I survived!

Honestly, that scene has repeated itself in my life more than once. Oh, not with crutches on polished floors, but ungraceful, embarrassment-producing “flops” do meet up with me from time to time. Though there are often other people around to see me fall, I’ve learned that with a little laughter, some of my greatest flops produce some of my greatest insights. After all, “there is a time to cry and a time to laugh!” (Ecclesiastes 3:4)

But the best news about my flops? I’m not left alone. I have a friend who bends down, gently brushes my tears away, picks up my mess, and tenderly helps me to my feet. He puts his arm around me, eyes twinkling in compassion. I look up at him, and know it’ll be okay. In fact, maybe it’s time to laugh!

by DeeAnn Bragaw


A prayer for you: Lord, I can easily think of many flops in my life. Thank you that you’re always there for me!  

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

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