A Precarious Position

September 16, 2012

“For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.” –Psalm 116:8

Read: Psalm 116

Photo by David Paterson

Today, on a short walk around our complex with my girls, my oldest daughter ran ahead a bit. When I finally caught up to her, she was halfway up a small embankment, princess dress, flats and all. This small hill is a familiar one to us — we use it as a shortcut on our walks to the neighborhood play area — but we usually hike it together because it’s a bit too steep for 2- and 3-year-olds to manage on their own.

“Mya, stop right there,” I said calmly as she struggled with the ascent. “Your shoes are very slippery, baby, let me help.”

She turned to me and momentarily lost her footing. Once determined to proceed to the small summit on her own, Mya now looked to me in desperation, reaching out to me for help. While the climb to the top would certainly have been no picnic, coming back down had its own set of dangers — if she were to do it alone. Taking her small hand in mine, we carefully negotiated the slope and continued on our walk together.

When we walk with God, we enjoy balance and security. When we trek ahead without Him, we often find ourselves in daunting, precarious positions. But no matter how steep the climb, no matter how dangerous the descent, when we get stuck He’ll always be there to offer His hand to help us down so we can continue on our walk…together.

–Eric Velazquez

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  1. Jim Dewart

    Thankful that you again appeared. Keep the inspiration flowing. I need reminders daily of
    the Lord’s unfailing presence. His steady hand keeps me on track.

  2. Jim Dewart

    Thankful for your daily expresssions of faith. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

  3. Vic

    Ditto for me as well! God is good all the time! :)

  4. Mike Letcher

    Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jeri Dahlstrom

    I’m so glad your back! You guys have become one of my favorite parts of my daily quiet time with GOD. Your messages help me remember what is REALLY important at the end of the day, that is my personal relationship with JESUS!!!! Thanks, and GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

  6. ericvelazquez

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  7. MamaG

    Eric, having had the pleasure and blessing of meeting you at our daughter’s graduation celebration, I can truly say I see your calm exterior in this otherwise intrepid situation.

    As our Holy Father does for us, those of us who know and BELIEVE in Him and our blessed Lord Jesus, we trust in the Holy Spirit to protect our little ones especially when we are not near.

    Awesome devotional! Thank you.

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