Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean to thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
The other morning, I was strolling along the beach cooling down after my morning run. I noticed a man playing a game in the sand with what I assumed was his toddler daughter.
He was running carrying a big stick, and tracing a line in the sand. The toddler, rolling in laughter and giggles, was running behind him at full speed. She was doing her best to stay on the exact line he was tracing.
The father sometimes ran straight and then would abruptly make wiggly, squiggly lines all the while the daughter was trying her best to stay on the line he was tracing.
At one point the daughter strayed a bit and the father lovingly went back to her and re-engaged her in their fun little game.
I couldn’t help but join in on the smiles and laughter as I watched this beautifully sweet, father-daughter scene. It really touched my heart. As I continued to walk on, I would occasionally glance back, only to smile once again.
This painted a vivid picture in my mind of us and our Heavenly Father. As his children, we are to be followers of Him, following in his footsteps (1 Peter 2:21).
As believers, God gives us the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which is our constant companion and as we seek to walk in the spirit and follow Him, the spirit guides us unto all truth (John 16:13).
In childlike faith, God wants us to be imitators of Him. In loving trust, he wants us to follow his lead. Daily looking to Him for guidance and direction for our lives.
When we live in childlike faith, we can cast all our cares on God because we know he is in ultimate control. He will never steer us wrong and when we keep our eyes on him, he helps us stay on the path he has set before us.
God never promises an easy road. It is full of twists, turns and trials along the way. But God is there, ever before us, and he never leaves us or forsakes us (Deuteronomy 31:8). And when we lose our way (and we oftentimes do), God is there guiding us by the hand back to the place we need to be.
It’s when decide to trust God and fully surrender to him, leaning not to our own understanding but to Christ’s lead, that we discover we are most free. Free to be who Christ designed us to be, free to walk in love and obedience to Him and follow him along the path he has marked out for us.
The steps of a righteous man are ordered of the Lord. Psalm 37:23
A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9