I think it was Dr. Phil who coined that phrase in reference to the relationship between spouses. His philosophy being that every person needs a soft place to fall andyhy, in a married couple, that should be your spouse.
Now, I am incredibly blessed to have that with David. I can turn into a raving lunatic, I can break down in tears, I can drown myself in a sea of depression; it just doesn’t matter…he loves me in all ways, always. If you have or have had that relationship with someone in your life them you know what I am talking about. I have been blessed to live a life surrounded with love, from my parents to my spouse and children and my friends. God has filled up my cup.
But maybe you don’t have that type of support in your life right now…
I think I’ve been fairly open about my struggles with my faith these past few weeks. But as much as I have raged at God, as much as I have questioned His existence…in my heart I always know the truth. In this struggle, in those moments when I feel like I can’t keep doing this, when I just want my life to go back to “normal”… in all those times…God is my soft place to fall, even when I don’t realize it. God loves me in all ways…always.
We were recently on a trip with some friends and the boys and girls separated to do a little shopping. No surprise that Dave found his way into an art gallery. While the boys were perusing, our friend noticed some religious paintings that the artist had done on commission. The artist’s comment about the pieces was that he really didn’t believe in God, but he has to pay the bills and he asked our friend (who just happens to be a priest) if that bothered him. And our friend’s reply was ‘yes’ and I love this… our friend said… “If you knew that everyone you met had a treasure buried in their backyard, wouldn’t you want them to dig it up and find it?” That’s what faith is like when you finally discover it…it’s a treasure, and you want everyone you know to go out and dig it up, and find it…there’s only one problem…they don’t believe you.
I have so many reasons to be grateful. It makes me ashamed when I feel angry or frustrated…but I’m human. God made us with emotions for a reason and he doesn’t expect us to be perfect. In fact, when we fail, when we are angry, or tired, or scared…he wants us to turn to him…he wants to be our soft place to fall.
I’ll admit…I could be a lot better at that sometimes. But life is a journey, and if I’m going to take this journey, then I’m pretty happy to have the maker of heaven and earth walking beside me, ready to catch me “softly” when I fall.
This song was speaking to me today…maybe God wants you to hear it too.