Propped Up

I have been watching these past several weeks, as I drive to the church, the construction of a building of Montgomery Road. From the first day that the heavy equipment began clearing the land, to the digging of a foundation, to the present with the erection of two massive adjacent walls made of large concrete blocks. What caught my eye in all of this was the long, thin wooden planks used by the builders to prop up these massive walls.

Looking at that sight I thought of how we all need from time to time someone or something to prop us up.

regardless of our strength, there comes those times when all the flurry and force of life comes crashing down upon us; our knees begin to buckle and we feel as if we might fall over at these times. We need to be propped up, until we can regain our strength, build new walls and come to that place once again whereby we do not need to be propped up; that time when we now are able to prop up another.

There is no shame in this. It is not a reflection on our faith. It is a realization that we are human and susceptible to the difficulties of life as any other. It was something Jesus himself experienced as He asked of His disciples to “prop” Him up when He went into the Garden of Gethsemane. “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here and watch with me.” (Matthew 26:38)

This is why He said to you and me: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Rev. Wendell Mettey

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