Yes, and I shall rejoice. For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I shall not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:19-21)
I have been reflecting on Jesus' falling and this is what has occurred to me....I am often afraid in places which are not familiar to me. From my wheelchair I tend to see any place that is not paved with concrete and/or perfectly level and flat as a threat to my personal safety and I ask for assistance to navigate them. These places include steep hills, grassy areas, uneven curbs or steps to name a few.
As I think about Jesus carrying his cross and falling under the weight of it for love of me, I am both ashamed of myself and in the same instant overwhelmed by his love. He did not think for a moment about his personal safety and comfort. He did what he had to do to achieve the work of salvation. Even though you might not be in a wheelchair, maybe you too are easily frightened by the unfamiliar-- the unfamiliar person or place or activity....
Dear Jesus, Please help us to think less often about what is easy and comfortable. Remind us of your example and help us to find the courage to be uncomfortable for Your sake.