Walk this Way is part of an ongoing open letter to my children.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
When you were a sweet, itty-bitty baby, you went where I went. Whether wrapped in a soft blanket in my arms, or strapped securely in the stroller, you were with me. If I went straight, you went straight. If I turned to the left, you went left. You never fussed or complained about it; you were happy to be with me.
As a toddler, your eyes opened to the fact that there are other ways to go. The sidewalk goes on once we stop. You weren’t content to sit in the stroller. You often tugged against my hand in an effort to go your own way. Still, the desire to be with me (usually) won out and you toddled back to my side.
Around the age of 4, you began to reason and think ahead. Leaving my side meant you had to find me again. Sometimes the risk was worth it, like in a store where there were clothes to hide behind and dressing room doors to scoot under. I cannot count the times I frantically looked around a store to find you after your mad dash for the fun zone! Other times, you stuck close by my side, afraid of the strangers or loud, mysterious noises out in the unknown.
Now, as you inch closer and closer to young adulthood, you have opportunities to choose your own steps. I walk, trusting that you are a few steps behind. At times, I send you to do things for me: grab that block of cheese I forgot or run into the library to exchange books. You, in essence, become my hands and feet, taking my place in the world.
As we walk together toward your launch into the world, I pray you follow the steps of Jesus.
Just as you were content to rest in my arms as an infant, I want you to find rest in Jesus, content to be in His presence.
When other paths catch your attention, I pray you stay on the path God placed you, knowing it is far better to hold His hand than to run off.
There will be opportunities to forget that He is with you. The lure of fun may draw you away from His presence. Acknowledge Him in every moment, knowing that He is not only all around you, but also living inside your heart.
As you grow and mature, you take ownership of your steps. You can follow Christ, or you can follow something else. Choose Christ. Walking His way will allow you to be His hands and feet in this world.
You will be a grown up with your own children falling in line behind you before you know it. I pray, as you begin to walk on without me, you will trust in the Lord with all your heart and acknowledge Him in everything you do. If you do, I am sure God will make your paths straight!
“By following in his footprints, you know which way to go. That’s what following God is like. It’s called discipleship.” Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment
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