Keep Calm and Read a Psalm 37:23-24:
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.”
Have you ever watched a baby learn to walk? What great entertainment! They should make a movie entitled “The Walking Baby.” I guarantee you people would pay money to go in there with a bowl of popcorn and watch silly babies awkwardly take their first steps. The ladies would be biting their tongues and cheering the babies on, while the men stifled a laugh. The baby would take a step, waving its arm in the air for balance while shifting its next foot up. Then—ah! The baby begins to topple! But wait! The mother is there, grabbing the baby’s hand and keeping him or her upright.
I like to take credit for teaching my young niece how to walk. I used to grab both her hands and together we’d walk in circle after circle around the kitchen. Most of the time I would just be carrying her, but slowly she began to learn. And today, she’s walking like a pro (although, I’m not sure there is such a thing as a pro walker). But still, there are falls. Ya, I know you don’t want to admit it, but even you fall on occasion. Insert flashback of clumsy trip on sidewalk near your crush here.
But besides physically, have you ever taken a different kind of fall? Perhaps your day starts off great but crashes to the ground when a test score comes back negative, or a cancer test comes back positive, or a police report comes in with an unexpected death. Maybe you’ve taken a moral fall—that lust came back and engulfed you once again. What has it been, five times this week? Five times this day? Whatever the fall, whatever the heartache, did you know there is one Person Who is there to uphold you?
God Almighty. He’s there, guiding your steps, even as we embark on this New Year. Don’t believe me? Look back at the verse. God is Sovereign over your life, whether you recognize it or not. He holds your hand, guiding you exactly where to plant your next step—just like me with my little niece. Yes, sometimes we can’t feel His grip around our hand, but He’s still there, longing to find joy in your walk as you choose to follow His guidance. But know this: every fall, every slip, every disaster, He’s there, over you like a mother with her struggling child. You may fall, but you won’t be utterly cast down—literally, hurled headlong, like a baby falling flat to a hardwood floor. No, God’s there, ready to grab your hand and pull you back up! As quick as you’ll let Him. As we embark on this New Year, let’s delight in God’s way, so He can delight in ours.
-Matthew W., SC