The Lord shows us how we should live, and he is pleased when he sees people living that way. If they stumble, they will not fall, because the Lord reaches out to steady them. Psalm 37:23-24 (ERV)
A few months shy of her first birthday, my youngest granddaughter is starting to walk. Each girl has started this journey a different way. The oldest shyly, hesitantly, carefully. The middle one confident from day one, regardless of her abilities. The youngest seems to be using common sense, knowing when she can walk confidently without running into anything and reaching to be carried when she’s not so sure of her environment. Her older sisters are excited for her and sometimes try to push her to do more than she knows she can. That’s when she looks around and makes a beeline for Mom.
I’ve been around more for the “learning to walk” part of this granddaughter’s life. And it’s been amazing to watch the progression. It started with a few tentative steps, several stumbles and seat plants, then crawling to something so she could pull herself up again. Soon she was upright more than she was prone. And now she doesn’t need anything to pull herself up on. In just a few short weeks, she went from stumbling and crawling to some pretty confident walking.
But she didn’t do this all on her own. Mom and Dad were there to hold her hands when she first started out and to make sure she didn’t walk into any furniture. Her older sisters were there to encourage her and cheer her on. With all this help along the way, she is now walking confidently.
Think about the walk that your family has been making as you pray for Mom or Dad to come home to the Lord and to their family. Those first steps were scary, weren’t they? You didn’t really know what you were doing or how you were going to get where you wanted to be. But Jesus came alongside you, helped you when you stumbled, set you back on your feet again, held your hand when you weren’t sure about your steps, and made sure that you weren’t hurt along the way.
My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble. Proverbs 4:10-12 (NLT)
Your Mom or Dad and maybe your brothers and sisters or friends were there to encourage you and cheer you on. As you continued to pray, as you continued to experience God’s faithfulness, as you received answer to prayers, your walk became more confident. Your faith and trust in the Lord and His promises became firm and steadfast. Now you are walking confidently, sure of where you are going and how to get there.
But this doesn’t mean it will always be easy. Detours, obstacles and potholes may arise and you may find yourself back on your knees. But you know what? That’s OK. Because that’s just where Jesus wants you when difficulties arise. It gives Him another opportunity to show His love, care and concern for you and for your family. As you continue to pray and praise, He continues to work. And before you know it, you’re back on your feet, walking confidently again.
This walk is sometimes hard and there may some stumbling along the way. But the Lord will never let you fall. He will be your support, your comfort, your peace, your deliverer and your restorer. Hold tightly to His hand and walk in faith.
Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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