The other day I was at my town’s civic center watching the 4-6 year old hockey team’s practice. I was fascinated by the fact that some of these young kids could skate faster than I ever could. While most of the players stayed on their feet, a few stumbled a lot. One kid in particular, my brother, was face-first in the ice for a good 5 minutes. He would fall and get so tired from getting up that he would just stay lying on the ice until he had enough strength to get up. When this burst of strength to get up came, he would skate about two feet then fall again. I could just see his disappointment in the way his little body lay exhausted and motionless on the ice. He was done. He had had enough and did not want to get back up again, for fear of falling another time. Just them a coach skated by and held his hockey stick still so that my little brother could pull himself up off of the ice. He would skate a couple of short strides with this new-found confidence, then fall again. Time after time the coach would come by and hold out his hockey stick to help my brother up. In the exact same way, when we fall we get tired. When this world knocks us on our face, we eventually get tired of trying to get back up. But when we are face-first in the ice and have no desire to try to get up, our heavenly coach skates by and holds out that stick as an opportunity to get back on our feet. Daniel 8:17: “He said, ‘Understand that this vision has to do with the time of the end.’ As soon as he spoke, I fainted, my face in the dirt. But he picked me up and put me on my feet.” God doesn’t have a limit to how many times He can help you up, and He isn’t too busy with other players to be there for you. Like any earthly coach, God wants nothing but the best for his players. When we fall and stumble, He is there to help us get our confidence back and get moving. So when your face is down on the ice and you think that it trying again isn’t worth it, look up, your coach is already there with a way up.