Five Minute Friday: Fall


It’s #FiveMinuteFriday!

Five minutes of writing on a word prompt give by Lisa Jo Baker over here.  

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Are you ready?


FALL . . .

Falling isn’t always a pleasant sensation.  At least not when it is by accident.  Just think about the last time you had that dream you were falling and jerked frantically awake.  I think it’s because when we are falling by accident, we know that we have no control at all over the situation.  Wherever we land is where we land, and all we can do is hope that the landing is less hard and more soft.

Sometimes, though, we choose to fall.  We can see the landing spot, and that gives comfort and reassurance.  There’s a huge difference between falling onto your couch or bed on purpose and falling down a flight of steps (usually NOT on purpose . . .).  You get a freeing, almost giddy sensation when you revert to childhood and launch yourself through the air onto your bed at the end of a long day.  You know the landing will be soft and safe, so you can just let go and enjoy the momentarily feeling of flying.

Life isn’t always like that.  We fall unexpectedly, and it hurts.  Others around us fall unexpectedly, and can drag us down with them.  People fall away.  We fall in love, but sometimes relationships fall away.  Dreams fall away.  But I know that even when the painful falls come, God will always be there.  If not to catch me, then to pick me back up and mend my bloody knees (or broken heart).

Other times, we can see the fall coming.  We can choose to avoid it because of past painful experiences.  We can wall ourselves away and insulate our hearts so that we never again have to feel the pain that can be associated with falling.

Or we can choose to fall with purpose.  We can learn to create a safe landing place by building healthy boundaries.  We can bravely launch ourselves forward with eyes wide open, knowing that we can trust God to catch us.  We can learn to believe in another person again.  To trust that someone else will be faithful and true where another wasn’t.

I’m ready for my trust-fall.  

Wanna play? Here’s how:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.


3 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Fall

  1. Nancy, so true! Choosing to do that trust fall right alonside you. (And pray that there aren’t too many unexpected falls with hard landings along the way, too.)

  2. I appreciated about your comments on relationships falling away and people falling away. These are as painful as physical falls. You tied that together so beautifully.

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