We've all watched as a toddler struggles to his or her feet and then takes those first hesitant steps — wobbling and weaving uncertainly towards the goal. The arms are outstretched and the face is all aglow. Suddenly — thwump! For a moment, a surprised, even shocked look clouds the previous smile. Will he get back up? Will she cry and accept defeat? Will the effort of walking be delayed till another day?
Just as quickly, a flicker of a smile lights up his face, and with a little encouragement, the toddler struggles up on wobbly feet again. Today is the day for trying again, and yet again.
Our Christian walk is very similar to that of the toddler. We set out full of delight at our new-found joy, eager to place our wobbly feet of faith securely down. And we do make some progress, but then we stumble and — thwump! We are shocked and dismayed that we are on shaky ground with unsteady feet in unfamiliar territory. Will we stay discouraged and feel that we just aren't "cut out" for this Christian walk? Will we wallow in self-pity and hopelessness?
Psalm 138:7 – Your right hand will save me. (NIV)
A flicker of hope lights our "faith" and our heart warms with the knowledge that God will reach out and help us up. We don't have to go it alone. We, like that toddler, struggle back up on our wobbly feet, secure in this promise:
Jude 1:24-25 – To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (NIV)
We never fall so much or so badly that He cannot, or will not, reach down and lift us up. Just knowing that helps to steady our wobbly feet of faith and keep us going victoriously!
Prayer: Dear God and Father, thank You that no matter how wobbly we are or how unsteadily we walk on our journey of faith, You are right there with us at all times, steadying us and lifting us above our defeats. You are amazing! Amen.