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Learning to Walk with God

He will not let your foot slip–he who watches over you will not slumber.  Psalm 121:3 NIV

While watching home videos, I saw footage from the early 1990s when I was learning to walk.

As my cheery blonde pigtailed self excitedly attempted to walk alone, my loving and watchful dad remained close by my side. When my legs trembled out of control, he held my hands until I regained my balance. When I lost my footing and tumbled over, he lifted me up, assured me I was okay, and encouraged me to walk again. Never once did he leave me alone.

Just as my dad watched over me as I learned to walk, our heavenly Father watches over us as we learn to walk with Him and work to fulfill His purpose for our lives. Not only does He steady us when we lose our balance, He also helps us up when we stumble and fall, readying us to continue down the path He has called us to travel.

No matter how many times we trip or tumble, God is there to pick us up, recenter our hearts and minds, and encourage us to continue down our path. The psalmist reminds us that God does not sleep but continually watches over us. Our God is always present, watchful, loving, and available.     

When we feel unsteady or have fallen and feel unable to get up, all we need to do is reach for and cling to our heavenly Father. He will ready, steady, and accompany us on all of life’s journeys. No matter how many times we stumble, He will help us back up. Like the good, loving Father He is, He will never leave us on our own.

How can you depend on God to help you when you stumble?   

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Emily Marszalek

Emily Marszalek enjoys the simple pleasures in life with her best friend, Nick, and their two Goldendoodles, Charlie and Lucy, in the Pacific Northwest. Her writings have appeared in publications including Angels on Earth, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Listen to Your Dreams, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Blessings of Christmas, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Kindness Matters, CBN.com, The Lutheran Digest, Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Daily Inspired Life, and Insight