The child wailed as he steered the bicycle-built-for-two and pedaled all the harder. They rode on the edge of a hill–a hill with a 50 foot drop-off–as he made his way around the perimeter of the golf course. My friend and I witnessed her fear. I’m certain she thought at any second she was going to drop off the edge, down the embankment. She was obviously looking at her own hands and thinking she could not steer the bike. She was unaware of her true dependence on her father’s sure hands. He fully in controlled the bike as he gripped the handles and rode on with his little girl in tow. She bone-chilling squeals did not deter him.
It was easy to see how a child could be frightened. It was an extremely steep hill. I thought of how similar her reaction is to mine when I am following God’s will and am suddenly met with daunting circumstances. Sometimes I follow my heavenly Father with total assurance until the way gets rough, the terrain gets steep. Then I drag my feet and question Him. Does He realize how bad things are? Can He not see the threats, the danger, the instability of the path before me?
“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
Of course, our heavenly Father knows what is before us. He knows our every step along every path. We sometimes get frightened because we are looking at the danger rather than resting in the promise of His faithfulness. Yet, God is fully cabable of taking us through difficulty. He is in control and has no doubts when we doubt Him and His ability to keep us from harm. He has a destination in mind–just as the father of the frantic little girl. He was headed for the bridge to cross over the ravine. He knew where he was going and did not waver as he kept pedaling his part of the bicycle. Even as she screamed, he did not hesitate or halt. He just kept going.
God is like that. He sees the road ahead. He knows where He is taking us, just as He knew where He was leading Moses, and Joshua and the people of Israel; they did not need to fear. God knew that.
Ever feel like the little girl? Has some cliff, or fear of falling caused you to tremble and panic? to dig in your heels and beg God to stop? We do not need to drag our feet or turn back. As we trust in Him, His strength, power and foresight never let us fall.
PRAYER: Lord, let us keep our eyes on You when the world frightens us. Let us focus on the fact that You go before us, that we can rely on Your unfailing watchcare and sufficiency. Forgive us when we waver.