When You Fall! A new Twist on Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the kings horses and all the kings men
Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again

Remember that poem?

Kind of a bleak picture isn’t it.  Every body falls at one time or another.  Whether it is a financial mess, a moral failure, a relationship breakdown or a personal defeat,  it isn’t a matter of IF you will fall, it is a matter of WHEN you will fall.  Yep, I have been there too.

I quickly discovered that even though I desired to get back up again, under my own power I couldn’t put my self back together .  With the help of friends I was able to make some headway, but living with the joy I had once known seemed impossible.

I wanted to stand, but could only make it to my knees.  It was from that position that I found hope.  I wrote about the experience in the chapter, “The valley of the shadow of death” of my book Fully Alive.  From my knees, I saw that God’s grace made it possible for me to be whole again.

I can almost hear you respond.  “Yah, but it was after I knew Jesus that I fell!”  Well, you are not alone.  The same was true for me.  So many people feel like Humpty Dumpty when they have sinned against God.  They try with all their will to “put it together again.”  They enlist the help of friends and professionals and still feel broken.  Too many lose hope.  From my knees I wrote this poem as I emerged from one of the darkest periods in my life.  I hope it is an encouragement to you this Christmas Season.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great  fall.
All the kings horses and all the kings men
couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.
But along came the King and touched Humpty’s soul.
Only the King could make Humpty whole.
What do you do when you stumble and fall?
Enlist the kings horses and all the Kings men.
But only the King can heal you again.
Rejoice Humpty Dumpty there’s reason to sing
God loves broken people, Go to the King.

Don’t let your life be a yoke. The King can use all the pieces of a broken life to make you more whole then before the fall.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

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  1. Ken, you chose the perfect verse to go with this post. I LOVE that God’s mercies ARE new every morning. Irregardless of the day before, we can always start fresh, and make better choices. Loved your poem!

  2. Amen Ken. There’s only one person who can put us Humpty Dumpties back together again. It’s learning to submit to this king that’s the difficult part.

  3. Things need to be worked out in the ‘natural’ as well as spiritual. My story is too long to post here, but I’ll say this much: When a spouse more-or-less abandons you during cancer treatment, that isnt good, nor when she give thousands of dollars to her drunken daughter and fights with you for the so-called ‘right to do so’, then love fades. Now wife has become a drunk and i despise it! there is only existing together. There is no ‘reasoning’ with a drunk, they always say they aren’t ‘that bad’ (meaning they try to justify it by saying they dont drink very much) My kids dont like her, they see what she has done to me over the years and wont visit this house nor do i hear from them much. Then there is the ‘closeness’ or intamacy that has gone too. Hardly any love to be found and i’m miserable. No family here for Christmas, nor my children, no presents, no special food, no nothing. T I have petitioned God about all these matters, not much has changed. I very much despise this relationship and way of life.

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