Directed Steps

“O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”

Jeremiah 10:23

My son likes to walk into parking lots without looking first. I’m unsure whether he innately knows I’ll throw myself in front of a bus for him or is completely clueless about safety, but he does it all the time. It almost gives me a heart attack each time, but it gives me a bit of a revelation about my relationship with God.

The Father loves with a fierce love. He watches intently, leads the way, and directs every step. As I read His Word and listen carefully throughout my day, I can more clearly hear His quiet direction, “Rest. Don’t go without Me. Slow down.”

As a child, my favorite thing to say was, “I do it myself.” I still find myself trying to do life on my own. But, like a child trying to walk on their own for the first time, I stumble and fall. Thankfully, when I look to my Father in humility to lift me up, He does. Every time. If I’m repentant and surrendered to His will, He won’t leave me there. He is forever the lifter of my head.

Even though I know He is faithful to pick me up when I fall, I need to get to the point where I’m following His lead instead of trying my way first. Like my son running into the parking lot without looking, I sometimes run into decisions without asking His guidance or checking for His go-ahead.

I’ve found that when I run into a decision without Him or push for what I want, I end up miserable. But, when I wait on Him (as hard as that is sometimes), I see the puzzle coming together. I see that He really is directing my steps. It’s amazing to see that as I walk down the path of His will, things come together one after another. When I wait on Him it’s always a better outcome than I could have imagined.

Prayer: Thank You for being such a great Father. You see what’s before me, the choices I have to make, and the paths I will take. You know when I fall from trying to do things on my own and are faithful to restore me when I make it right with You. Forgive me for not having enough discipline to wait for You and for thinking I have what it takes to direct my own steps. Help me grow in maturity and patience. I know the plans You have for me are good. I trust you to guide me in the right way, Your way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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