The Lord will not allow your foot to slip;

He who keeps you will not slumber.

Psalm 121: 3

 

Ice storm covered sidewalks or a steep mountain side that is made of crumbling rocks, even when the steps are slow, steady, and deliberate, a fall can come at any moment. With that fall comes disorientation, pain, and fear of serious injury. With the fall comes a loss of confidence and concern about going on with the journey. Most of us have experienced this sort of misadventure at some time; most of us have dealt with the need to get up off of our backs and to start to walk again, too.

 

However, my important concerns about traveling through life have nothing to do with an icy walkway or even a slippery road; they are related to choices and direction, actions and results. The areas where my feet tend to come out from under me with a disquieting suddenness are found mostly in my relationships and in the decisions that I make. There is an absolute certainty that when I fall down badly in these aspects of life, I have taken a path of my own choosing and have not allowed the Lord to influence and to direct my thinking and my actions. Off I go headed along with my coarse charted out of foolish pride or motivated by some selfish fear; then, suddenly, I am flat on my back in the middle of a painful situation trying to recover from the damage that I have done.

 

It would all be so much more simple, and life would be a lot less painful if I would simply accept the guidance that the Lord wants to give me. He never fails to provide what I need to make the right choices, and He does not need for me to even ask the right questions; God always knows what will be best for me, and He continually counsels me to make that decision. It is up to me to seek Him, and it is my decision to follow. Those are the choices that I can make now, and I need to decide to follow the Lord’s sure path through this day.