"Our Falling, God's Catching"
September 15, 2015
The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145:14
With all the negative news out there it would be easy to let these Daily Devotions become very dark. Frankly, that's not very good for you, and I know it's not any good for me. That is why, on a regular basis I try to bring you a story which might brighten, rather than darken, your day and your outlook.
Such a story revolves around Mordy, an adventurous five-year-old dog who lives in Oregon. Well, actually, I don't know if Mordy is always adventurous, but a few weeks ago she most certainly was. That day she went out on the balcony of the apartment where her owners lived, squeezed through the railing, and got herself out on a little ledge ... a little ledge 14 floors above the ground ... a little ledge, which didn't allow Mordy to go back.
Just about the same time Mordy hit the panic button on her ledge, across the street Ted Nelson happened to glance out his apartment window and he just happened to spot Mordy and her precarious position. Rather than grabbing his cell phone to take a picture or make a movie, Nelson said to himself, "I might have to try and catch this dog."
Being a man of action rather than just words Nelson left his apartment, got down to street level, crossed over, and made his way to Mordy's apartment building, which just happened to be the moment that Mordy either fell or jumped off her little ledge.
Nelson watched Mordy fall those 14 stories, and he caught her -- at least for an instant. He broke her fall enough that when her momentum took her through his arms, the worst she did was yelp. A subsequent visit to the vet confirmed that Mordy had escaped with only a few bruises.
Now I'm not a prophet, so I can't tell you if the Lord was behind every part of Mordy's story. I don't have the ability to say that God has saved Mordy for some spectacular act of loyalty or bravery. I can't even tell you if the fame resulting from Nelson's action is going to result in him getting a political or theatrical career.
I don't know any of those things. Nobody does.
On the other hand, I know that when the Lord saw His sinful children out on the ledge which could only result in their temporal and eternal death, He didn't just sit there and watch. He said, "I might have to try and save those people."
And since the Triune God is a Deity of action and not just words, He sent His Son into this world to carry our sins, resist every temptation, and give His life for us on the cross. Now, because the risen Redeemer has conquered death and grave we know the Lord is there to catch and save every one of us -- will save every one of us -- that trusts in Jesus as Substitute and Savior.
No, I don't know if the Lord was behind every moment of Mordy's deliverance, but I am sure, from beginning to end, He has orchestrated the plan that saves fallen humankind.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, as a fallen sinner, I give thanks You have caught me, forgiven me, and saved me. May I always praise Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries