When I said, "My foot is slipping," your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
Our granddaughter, Virginia Rose, loves going to the playground. Any playground! How fortunate that her new apartment complex has on on site.
While she has always loved the swings, Virginia has been a bit wary of the slide unless her dad, John, climbs the ladder with her and holds her as they swoop down together. Not any more! From these photos, it seems she has conquered her fears.
But, on closer scrutiny of these pictures, I think Virginia's not sliding down, she's trying to climb up that slippery slope! The realization brings back my own childhood memories of attempting to scale the slide from the other direction. Hands gripping the slide's sides tenaciously. Pushing one Ked-clad foot after the other with the determination of Sir Hillary. But, rarely reaching the Mount Everest summit, even with the most dedicated of efforts.
Slip sliding away. Back down the incline. Hitting the bottom . . .
And, when we live our life as if God were not at the center of it, it is a precarious venture. A slippery slope. Ill advised at best; traumatically disappointing at worst.
When we attempt to scale the slide of life on our own, rejecting His presence, we are destined for failure. We face a future of treading water, not making tracks.
I don't believe for one moment that any one of us would choose to live a life which is not moving forward with purpose, with resolve, with meaning.
And, I don't believe for one moment that God wants us to live a life devoid of purpose. Or, resolve. Or, meaning.
He knows when our feet begin to slip.
When we forget He is there to save us with His unfailing love.
There to rescue. To restore.
Climbing up that ladder right behind us to support our gleeful free-fall to the bottom of the slide.
Right with us.
God will never slip slide away . . .
How is God keeping you from slip sliding away?
Prayer: Dearest Father, the slippery slopes of this world offer temptations, falsely assuring us that we can accomplish things in this life on our own. Your Word tells us a different story. Be with us always, reminding us that You alone are our true and loving guide and defender through this earthly existence. In Jesus' precious name we pray. Amen.