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Weekly Devotionals

In His Hands

Here I go again with another lesson from the living room! In a typical routine these days, I get to wake up around the crack of dawn around 5:00am with my sweet 14-month-old baby girl. This morning, it didn’t take long at all for her to bypass all of her usual favorite choices of toys to climb into a miniature lawn chair we have next to our bookshelf. But before crawling into it, she intentionally grabbed a copy of the Roald Dahl classic, Matilda. (She was aging before my eyes.)

To ensure her safety (after snapping a quick picture, no doubt), I reached out my hand as a guardrail of sorts, so that she would have a safety net if she fell out. Immediately, my dependent daughter began pushing my hand away as if to say, “Daddy, I’ve got it from here. No need to pretend I need to rely on you that much to have your hand nearby.”

Not a moment later, she had that look in her eyes as if the law of gravity was pulling a cruel trick on her. As she was tilting horizontally, I swooped in to recalibrate her balance, of which she gladly welcomed!

I was struck in that instant with one of my favorite verses from Psalm 37, where verses 23-24 remind us that:

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;  though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” 

Whenever I have the presence of mind to do a heart-check, I usually start by thinking I’m doing OK. But then, as I let that examination simmer in the pan, I realize how much I am probably like my baby. I have to admit that there are times I too ignore or push away the hand of God in my life to do what I’m gonna do my way. But it doesn’t take long for me to realize that gravity upends me just the same, leaving me to fall into the hands of a gentle and loving Father.

Friends, our Father’s intention is not to patronize us or restrict us, but to remind us of His steadfast love in our stumbles. And PRAISE THE LORD that when those times inevitably come, we will not completely fall, because He is there to uphold us with His hand.

Let this reminder not lead us to live recklessly as though His grace is to be something we should take for granted, but rather let it stand firm in our minds that God is forever in our corner even in our shortcomings, simply because He is that good to us.