Things Fall Quickly

26 08 2011

Things fall quickly. Have you noticed?

Your elbow catches a cup on the edge of the counter and just that fast it crashes to the floor, a mess of liquid and glass.

You are getting out of your car, a load of things in your arms, too many to pay attention to the cell-phone in your hand; a second later it is in three pieces on the driveway – phone, battery, back cover.

The sunglasses you wore when you dove into the lake.

The buttered toast on a tilted plate.

The ring down the sink drain.

The child leaning back too far in their chair.

Things fall quickly.

Two friends on a hike on a beautiful day on a cliff above a sparkling creek. The bank gives way and one falls and another trying to save him; all too quick, they fall; the story does not have a happy ending.

No one ever sees these things coming, if you saw them coming you would tuck in your elbow, you would hold the phone tightly, you would take off your glasses, you would balance the plate, you would take care with the ring, you would warn the child, you would stay farther away from the edge.

But things fall quickly and we always forget.

One little flirtation with a substance or a someone and a giant trapdoor, larger than we ever imagined, swings open and we are done; the descent is swift.

Or

One little lie.

One careless conversation.

One experiment.

One picture online.

One bitterness.

One compromise.

One disobedience.

Things fall quickly.

“So, if you think you are standing firm,

be careful that you don’t fall!” ( 1 Corinthians 10:12)

— Teresa Klassen

AfterWord: Saw this today. Thought it went well with this post.

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