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High Lows and Heavy Lifting

Since the 1920s the High/Low has become a common part of industrial heavy lifting and warehousing.

With the convenience comes the risks of working with heavy, potentially falling loads. So, many of the modern forklifts are designed with an overhead guard and also a heavy counterweight behind and below the driver (neither of which is pictured in this warning sign).

What the sign does capture is the danger that comes with heavy lifting.

As we’ve noted together in the last post, there are important high/lows, counterbalances, and overhead guards in the Bible’s solution for the heavy lifting. (Yeh, I’m realizing that if I push this too far it’s going to sound forced. But am seeing similarities for which I’m deeply grateful.)

Here’s what I find so compelling. In our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount we find him lowering the bar as low as any of us need (Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, and the meek). Then he lifted it higher than any of us could ever begin to rise (Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, peacemakers, and those who are persecuted for the best of reasons).

Jesus lowered the bar to the dust so that the most broken, helplessly weak persons could simply fall down over it. In the rest of his teaching, and by his own example, he raised the bar so high that the most proud, self-made person would have to look away to avoid being humbled by it.

Then, after helping the broken–and lovingly humbling the arrogant–the Son of God, himself took the inexpressibly heavy wrongs of the world in his own bleeding outstretched hands, on his own ripped back, and with a groan that must have caused the angels of heaven, and the demons of hell to shudder.

Low enough to help us again today. High enough to inspire us forever. Powerful enough to lift our deepest regret.  Present enough to help us– wherever we are today.

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14 Responses to “High Lows and Heavy Lifting”

  1. jam200 says:


    The Lord is able to help us when are low and provides the reasoning to assist us when we are at the height of our self-reliance. Thank God that He is able to bend and not break while supporting us through the think and thin times of life.

  2. phpatato says:

    Thank you my Jesus for lowering that bar so that I could roll over it. Thank you for inching that bar higher, when YOU know I’m ready, so I don’t become complacent and self-absorbed. Thank you for helping me up when I trip and fall. Thank you for loving me.

    “You Raise Me Up” Josh Groban

    When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
    When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
    Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
    Until you come and sit awhile with me.

    You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
    You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
    I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
    You raise me up… To more than I can be.

    You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
    You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
    I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
    You raise me up… To more than I can be.

    There is no life – no life without its hunger;
    Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
    But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
    Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

    You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
    You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
    I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
    You raise me up… To more than I can be.

    You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
    You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
    I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
    You raise me up… To more than I can be.

    You raise me up… To more than I can be.

  3. saled says:

    Low enough, high enough,powerful enough and present enough. Today’s post gives me a new sense of hope, and fills my soul with thankfulness and praise.
    And thank you to phpatato for the words to Josh Groban’s song, so fitting for the subject.

  4. poohpity says:


    It is so beautiful to know that God has covered all the bases and nothing is left undone. We are given such a gift and such a responsibility to show the love we were shown. The gift of the Holy Spirit to accomplish the responsibility so God has provided everything we need so we are not entangled in destruction but given the ability to grow continuously. All I can say is WOW!!!!!

  5. wretch-like-me says:

    In another sense, Christ is our ‘forklift to heaven’. He lowers the lift and scoops up the very lowest sinful creature that I am and ‘lifts’ me to the highest reaches where angels dwell and beyond to the dwelling of the Father. He prepares a place for me in His Father’s House.

    (and in the process exchanges my ‘overwhelming burden’ of sin for Eagles’ Wings)


  6. sjd says:

    I guess I have a little trouble with this high bar, low bar analogy.

    Getting to the point of being poor in spirit or mourning, or being meek, is still beyond my ability. My understanding of my desperate need for dependence on Christ is only by God’s gracious drawing to Himself. It is only by God’s grace that I attain those right attitudes. It is only by Christ that the attitudes mentioned in Matthew 5 can be exhibited through me as Christ lives in me.

    What I see is that everything about God is too high for me, so Jesus had to come low, and give His life as you so beautifully describe. It is then by a work of His Spirit with me being dead, I am made alive and then can attain to the heights you speak of as He indwells me.

    Apart from Him I can do nothing. Apart from Him I could not even experience the tripping up you speak of.

    Even the lowest bar is too high!

  7. SFDBWV says:

    Having worked in heavy and dangerous industry all my life, I can add to the discussion that there are pleanty of safety nets in the work place.

    But all of them came at the price of someones death.

    In the spiritual, there exists God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. Parts of all three are our safety nets.
    God gives us rules for our well being and instruction as how not to be injured.
    The Holy Ghost is our warning signs posted everywhere as to remind us of danger and caution us as how to proceed.
    Then there is the Son, Jesus Christ. Our safety belt our canopy, our safety net. Always there ready to save us from our foolishness and carelessness.

    God has done all for us, at the price of His own death.

  8. bubbles143jc says:

    Amen, Mart!

    I personally hold onto:

    “Matthew 5:8 (Amplified Bible)
    Blessed (happy, [a] enviably fortunate, and [b] spiritually prosperous–possessing the [c] happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!

    Thank you, Abba! AMEN!!

    Also :), thank you all for your wonderful comments – all so good! kudos to “the song” !_!

  9. HEY REV says:

    Most of us remember Hi-School gym classes when the teacher/coach had us all go thru the same test. How we did would go against our grade. Sometimes I did good other times (I won’t say)
    But the little I understand God about me and His bars is that He knows what I can do and knows where to set the bar. As He works with me to increase it is when the test time comes. He has the bar set where He wants me to be. He loves me no matter where I’am at that bar, for the Word says so.
    My faith bar today may be a little higher, and tomorrow back down. So the same with my love bar and any other bars that might be there.
    I know I am not in conpetition with no one else, for I will answer ONLY FOR MYSELF.
    Because God loved me before I knew Jesus as Savior (and maybe no bars than) He loves me the same now (and still maybe no bars I don’t know)
    Mart: the application of the bars is a good thought and understanding.

    Bottom line all of you said about the same but just in different words. We all love Him and God will ALWAYS LOVE US.
    No problem thinking I guess about bars but for me I don’t want to concentrate much on my track record. What can I continue to do to get so close to Him that I can hear His sandle feet walking to me, and His breath on my shoulder. Now thats for me.

    I love this web because you all bless me as I read your words that tell me how much you show Him your love for/to Him.
    If I may I usually like to end with a quote even when I’m preaching/teaching. Many times the quote will be in line with the subject, other times not, and sometimes the quotes will speak personally.


    God Bless you (and HE will)
    Hey Rev

  10. sjd says:

    I agree the bar analogy is not all that bad.

    No matter where the bar is “set”, God is sufficient to get us “over the bar”.

    Earlier I may have been responding to what I fear many attempt to do, trying to reach that bar on their own effort.

    Drawing close to Him as HEY REV encourages is where I need to keep my focus. I am glad that I do not have to compare with how high your bar is set.

  11. xrgarza says:

    I have to continually remind myself to not lean on my own understanding, several times I have found myself so low that I’ve had to reach up to touch bottom, I just praise my Lord for His Mercies that endure forever.

    PS: wretch-like-me:
    I went out of town last week and you had asked me a question during the Billy Mays blog, when I returned I answered it I don’t know if you ever saw my response since it was several days later.

    In His Name

  12. lilu1314h says:


    Very encouraging message.

    Now I know that no matter how low I go, My Father will pick me from where I am. It’s really a comfort for me.

  13. dependent says:

    One scripture that constantly encourages me when contemplating an inspiring spiritual “bar” in light of my weakness is Psalm 103, esp. v 13, 14

    He knows what I am made of, he realizes I am made of clay.

    “Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
    For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.” (NASB) Psa 103:13,14

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