I remember a while back when I was babysitting for a friend’s very rambunctious two-year old little girl. Since it was a beautiful day, I decided we should take a walk…and by “walk” I mean constant zigzags and short sprints I had to make to keep her out of trouble. I had to keep guiding her away from other people’s yards, away from ant beds, and most of all, away from the street. A couple of times, she would walk up to the door of the neighbor’s house before I’d pull her back. I knew to allow her a measure of freedom and yet to always be ready to come to her aid to avoid any type of accident. Then the thought hit me – Isn’t that just the way we are with our Heavenly Father? Aren’t we, in our natural selves so resistant to the Father’s guidance at times? Unless we grow to know that He desires our safety, don’t we often want to be on our own? There are several things that this walk with my little friend illustrated to me:
1) We can be unaware of dangers – Like a child asserting our independence, we often think we can do it all on our own, don’t we? She had no idea of the hazards that I kept her from encountering. I wonder sometimes how unaware we are of the disasters we would fail to escape without God’s guidance and mercy. I for one know what it is like to be snatched up from near physical and emotional self-destruction at just the nick of time, Praise God!
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober of spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
2) We must take His hand – Believe it or not, I was able to take her hand and walk a foot or two for a few minutes. It was nice until she would snatch it way. Not wanting to be restrained, she crossed her arms and bent over, making it difficult for me to lead her. How similar that is to our own behavior to God! Isn’t it true that at times we enjoy such fellowship with God because we stay close to Him? I believe He is pleased when we allow Him to “take our hand”. And yet, what do we ourselves often do when the scenery gets distracting? We decide we’d like to be on our own for awhile, don’t we?
Psalm 17:7 – Wondrously show Thy loving-kindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at Thy right hand, from those who rise up against them.
3) Let Him carry us – If we are a child of God, the story will end the same way as this child’s walk with me. She kept going all right. I placed my bets that she’d never get halfway around the block before she got too tired. Sure enough, her bursts of energy turned into a stroll, and her stroll turned into a stand still. She began to sit down and was about to crawl. At that point I picked her up and walked her home with no resistance from her. Child of God, allow yourself to rest in His arms. Give yourself times of refreshing to renew your strength should you get tired. We need it, and He provides. He never rests, nor does He slumber. He knows we are weary!
Psalm 119:117 – Uphold me that I may be safe, that I may have regard for Thy statutes continually.
Have you ever looked back on a time of rebellion or indifference to God and noticed that He actually prevented you from further consequence?