"My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of Heaven and Earth. He will not let your foot slip - He who watches over you will not slumber." (Psalm 121:2-4)

Sometimes I picture my spiritual journey as if, when I wander off the path God has laid for me, God is watching and waiting for me to come back and pick up where I left off. Sometimes when I think of what Satan has stolen from us, it makes me incredibly sad. Picture instead our spiritual journey as that of a baby learning to walk.

As a baby takes his or her first halting steps, the parent is not sitting by and watching as he wobbles across the floor. No, the parent is walking slowly behind, bent at the waist, arms out. And when baby starts to fall, Mom or Dad is right there to catch him before he even hits the floor, and set him on his feet.

That's God. We are learning to walk in the spirit, and God is not sitting idly by. He is behind us, bent at the waist, arms out. But you can't walk behind your baby all his life. Eventually he has to learn to walk on his own. And as all parents know, he's going to have to take some falls, but even then Mom or Dad is there to pick baby up. Even when baby is no longer a baby and is able to get around without constant supervision, all it takes is one thud and some tears to bring Mom running!

As we learn to walk in the paths God has laid for us, He is watching, and guiding and rescuing. We are not alone.

Sonya Richards