Sometimes in life things happen that take us by surprise. The unexpected looks us square in the eyes and then we feel a punch in the gut. The wind gets knocked out of us and we’re left thinking, “??????? why? what? why?” and some of us “what the xxxxxx?!!!!” We can let these surprise encounters knock us down and get stuck at a pity party for one or we can allow ourselves to fall upward.
Falling upward is a term many spiritual writers like Richard Rohr use referring to how we grow by falling down. It’s not about how many times we fall down it’s about how many times we get up and each time stronger than before. I was recently on a spiritual retreat where we were asked to write a time lime of events in our lives that impacted us. By doing this I was able to see that after every traumatic event that happened in my life, events that caused much suffering was when I grew the most and soon after was transformed. The more the suffering the more the growth and transformation. Strange isn’t it?
John 12:24 Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat;r but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Wheat is stomped and crushed to break it open so that when it falls deep into the darkness of the ground it can be transformed into a rebirth. This is a symbol of Christ’s passion into the eucharist, but also a symbol for us in our spiritual lives as well. There are times that we are stomped and crushed, but not destroyed “TRANSFORMED.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-10
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.