Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Slippery Places



“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” –Proverbs 4:26

Lexi doesn’t amble. She either jogs along smartly or comes to a dead stop (to sniff something). But after a winter storm, I need her to walk slowly over the ice. I say, “Careful,” and restrain her pace with the leash. Of course I avoid icy patches when I can, but sometimes there’s no other way forward. We have to take the risk. We can’t always avoid the slippery places when we walk with God, either. Of course we avoid hazards when we can, but sometimes there’s no other way forward. Maybe God has asked us to take a risk. Maybe we got lost and are trying to find the way back to the road. Maybe we’re on unfamiliar ground. We proceed with caution. That strategy works for me and Lexi. I’ve only slipped and fallen once in three years.* If we’re careful, we can make it over the slippery places. We don’t have to fall.

Dear God, Teach me to be careful, and help me make it over the slippery places. Amen

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