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Humpty Dumpty

Life is messy, and while we are all broken, sadly, people are often labeled and treated differently as a result of their circumstances. Take Humpty Dumpty, for example; he will forever be known as the egg who fell.

Like so many of us, Humpty Dumpty was living the good life, and things seemed to be going well for him. Whenever I saw him at church, he always said he was “fine.” But then again, why wouldn’t he be? Humpty is a great guy, and he has a good job, a nice house, and a beautiful family. Plus, if he wasn’t okay, he could have told me and asked me for help.

Well, as you know, Humpty unexpectedly fell. Frankly, I shudder at the thought of how helpless and hopeless he must be feeling. I’m genuinely concerned and curious about:

  • What happened?
  • Why was he even on the wall?
  • Was there a strong wind that day?
  • Are they going to be able to put him back together again?
After the Fall bookcover

This article was inspired by the children’s book
After the Fall by Dan Santat (2017).

Though he was prone to wobble, since his accident, instead of being supportive and offering encouragement, in an attempt to fix him, some people are giving him advice and telling him what he needs to do. Despite seemingly good intentions, how quickly people forget that our role is to love, and it is Jesus who is Lord and Savior.

Here’s part of the problem: we saw Humpty as an egg and treated him as such. Eggs, however, are like caterpillars. When the conditions are
ideal, they go through a type of metamorphosis and are transformed into something new.

Instead of turning to the king’s horses and king’s men to put Humpty back together again, God’s plan was to get Humpty’s attention and use his circumstances so that he might turn to the King of kings and place his trust in the Lord of lords. You see, God created and destined Humpty to be a bird and to soar with eagles.

Sorry, Humpty! We intended to help.