humbling: on striving, falling and humbling #thedailyhaiku 12


Falling from ladders or anything else can be humbling. As a permanently weak, weary and clumsy (ish) person I often trip over things or just lose my balance when walking around a bit. It’s something I’ve got used to but embarrassment can still affect me when it happens in a public place.

I have also fallen for situations and belief systems that have hurt me more than taking a tumble. I’ve fallen for the trappings of our materialist society and its success stories, bought into consumerism’s lies, been unnecessarily humbled by my background and perceived lack of this and that.

And even if I feel like I’ve fallen out of grace time and again, it is not a possibility because God’s grace is wilder and wider than the ocean, deeper than the deepest sea. We can never fall far enough to be out of the reach of our Saviour’s arms. No pit we end up in is too much of a problem for Him.

Nowadays I’m a bit older and wiser and less likely to seek after success. I’m more inclined to pursue peace, long for a quiet life and rest content with having less. The only ladder I want to climb is one going straight to heaven. Beam me up when I’m ready!  😏🌈


we strive for success

unsteady ladder topples

crestfallen, we rest


Life offers us numerous opportunities to be humbled. It’s how we learn and grow. It’s how gratitude takes root in us and pride gets defeated, or shown the door for a while at least.

How has climbing ladders, experiencing humiliation or being humbled affected your life?

How has your faith shaped your attitude to these things? Feel free to share in the comments below. There’s no judgement here, my friend. 😊

8 thoughts on “humbling: on striving, falling and humbling #thedailyhaiku 12

    • I think vulnerability and hope are intertwined, one building on the other. It’s always good to have a reminder of what’s really important in life, because it helps to reorientate us when we drift off course a bit. Bless you for sharing, Michael! 😊

  1. Dear Joy,
    It seems that once again the Lord is having us follow a similar track! Just today I posted on the question of whether I lean on self-sufficiency or Christ-sufficiency. It’s so easy to say that I am leaning on Christ, but it’s another thing to realize I’ve actually been leaning on myself when my normal supports (ladders) are suddenly taken away! I’m grateful along with you, for the deep GRACE that we’ve been offered! And, yes, some days I so long for the “beaming up” to come quickly! πŸ™‚ Blessings, Love, and Hugs to you my friend! xoxo

    • You, too, Bettie? How marvellous that we should be given similar thoughts to ponder! I look forward to catching up with your post as soon as possible. It’s been a very tiring day visiting our son for a while. Though it exhausts me, I really appreciate getting out of the house and doing something different! I quite understand what it’s like to watch our self-constructed support mechanisms giving way and to realise how insufficient they have been in keeping us upright as such. There’s nothing quite like dependency to drive us to our knees in prayer, is there? Thankfully, God is so merciful and gracious to meet us where we’re at. May His deep grace surround you today, dear friend. Blessings, love and hugs to you! xoxo πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

  2. Sometimes we have to fall to be reminded that we can’t do this life on our own. We need God to strengthen and give wisdom and grace for every moment of every day. But there is always sweet rest and forgiveness when He meets us where we are, picks us up and sets us back on the right path. And he promises to be right there with us through it all.

    Blessings to you, dear Joy. Much love and many hugs! xoxo

    • Gayl, I love the insight and wisdom in these words of yours: “Sometimes we have to fall to be reminded that we can’t do this life on our own. We need God to strengthen and give wisdom and grace for every moment of every day.” Amen! Actually, I totally agree with all you have said here. It’s definitely true in my own experience. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. They are always appreciated. Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear friend, plus an apology for not being able to keep up with your posts. Hope to catch up soon! xoxo πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

    • Life makes us desperate for an escape route at times, though we soon realise our prime motivation for going to heaven is to be with God, spend quality time with Him and reconnect with loved ones who have passed on. This world is not our forever Home and nothing in it can truly fill the aching void in our soul. What a party we will have when we all finally get to meet up! Bless you, Tara. xo πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

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