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Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.[1]

Picture this:
It is a lovely cool Spring morning. The sun is shining after a night of storm. Leaves blown off trees lie around, and puddles of water lie over soft mud. But the sun is shining and everything is looking nice and green.

A little girl sees the bright day and decides she would like to go out for a walk, so her daddy and big brother take her out. They all stroll along, daddy and big brother on either side of the little girl, hand in hand. They walk a little way, and then the little girl notices a puddle up ahead. ‘That looks fun to jump in,’ she thinks to herself. Her big brother suddenly gets a great idea: ‘Why don’t you hop up on my shoulders Little Sis?’ he asks her. The little girl sees both options, knowing that they will both be quite fun— though the puddle looks a little more inviting. But after thinking a bit harder, she realizes that if she goes in the puddle, afterwards she is going to be in a bad way. So she jumps up on big brother’s shoulders and has a ride. ‘It’s more fun than I first thought’, she realises. After a lovely ride she hops down and continues walking. ‘It’s so lovely out with daddy and big brother.’

They keep walking for a while but the little girl gets worn out and her legs are tired of walking. She wants to sit down and rest. But with encouragement from daddy and big brother, she keeps going. Suddenly rain starts to fall. Daddy picks up the little girl and he and big brother run to find shelter. They find a tree to hide under, and daddy holds the little girl close and wraps his jacket around her to protect her. Soon the rain stops and the trio set off again. Just one more corner and they skip the rest of the way home. ‘What a fun and adventurous walk.!’

Does this story sound kind of familiar to you? I think it should. Try to imagine yourself as the little girl. The story is analogical of your life as a Christian. Daddy is God, and Big Brother is Jesus!

Our life is very much like this: We walk along our life’s road enjoying little pleasantries. Certain things pop up (like mud puddles that look fun at first, but could end up disastrous) and we have a choice to make. Jesus always provides a better way of doing things, and even if it doesn’t seem so at first, it turns out far better than we could have imagined in the end.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.[2]

And just like the little girl who gets weary after a while of walking, we get tired of plodding along on our walk. But, just like the daddy and big brother, God encourages us and spurs us along. He encourages us to keep going. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.[3] …Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus…[4]

In our walk we face ‘storms’ also. We can always count on God’s protection in these times. Hide me under the shadow of Thy wings.[5]

It’s great to be able to walk through life being able to rely upon a marvellous, loving God, who is working for our best to His glory!

Lauren Carey
Notes: [1]Psalm 73:23-24, [2]1 Corinthians 10:13, [3]Galatians 6:9, [4]Hebrews 12:1b,2a, [5] Psalm 17:8
from Whatsoever Magazine, Volume 8 #3