Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again, but they tried.
A medical team was called to provide emergency medical care. Along with the medical team, a commission of professional men and women were brought in to investigate the incident, and make recommendations regarding the condition and treatment of the victim, as well as the causes and preventative measures they could be taking to prevent further accidents in the future.
The sociologist stated that the young man’s fall was due to a socio-economic status within that community. Two issues arose that were thought to be major contributing factors. First, was the lack of an acceptable male role model to provide direction and supervision for Humpty’s life. Second, was the failure of city officials to provide appropriate recreational facilities, which would have eliminated the need for that young man to have entered such a high risk area.
The educator’s findings were that Humpty Dumpty, and others within his community, were not fully aware of the dangers of climbing on walls. Walls were constructed for specific utilitarian purposes, and were considered safe only when used in compliance with their design intent.
A specialized team was appointed to instruct the youngsters within the public school system of the danger of abusing concrete abutments.
A team of psychologists initiated a battery of diagnostic tests. They determined the capability of Humpty to cope with the intense pressures of today’s complex society. Their findings revealed that Humpty Dumpty suffered from unconscious feeling of alienation and rejection, which surfaced in severe self-destructive activities. Their recommendation was that Humpty Dumpty be committed to a local mental health facility, where through intensive therapeutic interaction and medication, he would be able to resolve his deep-seated conflicts and emerge once more a normal and healthy member of society.
The view of the clergy was two-fold. One clergy person said,
“That young man is basically healthy. We all have a spark of the divine within us. And once that young man discovers that spark, he will find the strength and motivation to live a constructive and rewarding life.”
Another clergy person said,
“That young man’s predicament was a direct result of his fallen position before God.”
He would then went on to outline which scripture, what steps, Humpty needed to take to restore himself to a better relationship with God. He also informed Humpty of the fearful consequences that awaited him in eternity if he failed to heed that message.
While all that was going on, law enforcement officials began an investigation to determine if any laws had been violated. Neighboring business people, residents, were questioned to determine the facts. Humpty Dumpty was tested to determine the presence of any alcohol or illegal drugs within his system. The officials filed a petition with the juvenile justice system, charging him with trespassing on private property, and Humpty was placed on probation for a six-month period.
During all of that, Humpty Dumpty was questioned, tested, poked, pricked, re-questioned, searched, prayed over, preached to, bandaged, medicated, and re-questioned.
Eventually, the commission gathered its information and retreated to their respective departments to evaluate their findings. Reports were subsequently written, recommendations made, committees formed, money allocated, and programs implemented.
From the community’s perspective, everything had been done to ensure the safety of Humpty Dumpty, and to eliminate the causes that resulted in his unfortunate incident.
But Humpty Dumpty was still a broken and hurting young man. All of the king’s horses and all of the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again, but the king could.
“It’s an agonizing situation,” the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 7:24 and 25, “and who on earth can set us free from the clutches of our own sinful natures?”
“I thank God,” he went on, “that there is a way out through Jesus Christ our Lord.” End quote.
How easy it is to retreat into the arena of the commissioners. It’s very easy to maintain an image of commitment without ever getting involved.
God has chosen to work through us, his children, to affect changes in other people’s lives. But this is only effective when we give up our commissionerships and recognize our own broken position in life. Only at that time can we say, I know what it feels like, Humpty Dumpty. I too am a broken man. But let me tell you about our king. This is the ministry I have been called to be part of, and some of the issues although which I struggle. Please remember me in your prayers.