This is what things can teach us:
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
Before he can fly.
~Rainer Maria Rilke
Falling is usually unintentional. We don’t fall because we want to fall; but it happens. We fall down. We fall apart. Things fall away.
When little children fall, they cry, even if they are not hurt. It is as if they are saying, “So this is what it is to be heavy with earth. This is what coming down from heaven is going to mean.”
Maybe this has to do with the Original Fall; the one that got us here in the first place. At times it may seem unfair that we are “fallen” even though we did not intend it, or that we have to pay now for Adam’s and Eve’s mistake.
But there is an “intention” behind it, just as there is an intention behind the falling leaves. Our fallen nature gives us something to work with. It is the “medium,” like stone or pigment out of which we work. It is word. It is misuse of word.
When we discover our capacity to fall, we have an immediate response: we pick ourselves up again and we learn how not to do that! We find our balance. Balance has everything to do with being Christian.
We didn’t “intend” to fall but we are fallen. And when someone falls, you don’t just stand there, you help them up. And so it was and is with the One Being who chose to fall to the earth on purpose to help us find our wings again. We are working out of and through earth existence to the foundation of a new humanity.
We are not there yet. We are not perfect, light-filled, selfless. But we can raise ourselves up and follow Christ where He leads us. We can trust in our human story, our sorrow and our heaviness, and in the Divine Intention behind all of it.