We have all seen babies learning to walk. They usually learn to stand very shakily. They test a couple of steps and fall flat on their faces. There are many times that they make it from one piece of furniture to the next without falling and usually to a raucous applause from their family.
After a while they are cruising across halls and out in the park. They love it until they find a hidden pot hole or mole hill. That’s when they fall. However, loving moms and dads come, pick them up, brush them off, kiss their scraped knees and let them go again to play. These are almost the exact steps for our Christian walk.
We learn to stand for the Lord, though we may still be shaky. We test a couple of steps and usually fall. We begin to use other Christian people and places to help us move from day to day with a raucous applause from the Father and angels in heaven. Soon, we are cruising. We are telling everyone how we feel.
We are moving faster than our friends and family can keep up, until we find that hidden pot hole – the person at work who drives us absolutely up the walls, the actions of our significant other that makes us want to positively tear our hair out, the bill that just never seems to get paid – and we end up flat on our faces. Don’t spend too much time worrying about the fall.
Spend your time allowing the Father to pick you up, brush you off, kiss your scrapes and let you go so you can continue to do His will. Remember, it’s not how you started the race; it’s how you finish it. With God’s help even the slowest and clumsiest runner will come out in first place.
“The steps of a good man are led by the Lord. And he is happy in his way. When he falls, he will not be thrown down, because the Lord holds his hand.”
– Psalm 37: 23-24 (NIV)
“Father, You know at times that I walk really fast; in fact, I’m usually running. And many times I run right passed You and Your will. I know, though, that when I lose my way, You are there to lead me back in the right direction. Thank You for caring for me when I fall. Carry me in the areas of . . .”