The steps of a man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he falls. He will not be hurled headlong, because the LORD is the one who holds his hand.
The Day The Lord Smiled at Me
In December many years ago, I was at a point of change in my life's work. As I read the Christmas story, I watched as the wise men were directed by the scriptures and wise counsel from others concerning their pathway searching for the Child - a great pattern for seeking direction in my life.
But the greatest peace one evening came when I said "Jesus smiled at me". As I read Psalm 37:23-24, it became apparent that ultimately God orders, directs, and guides our steps into the plans He has founded. He delights in the plans He has for us. He looks into the future and smiles about His plans for me, so I can look into that future with joy and peace.
But life happens! What if I fall or fail? God is the One who holds our hand. Just as a small child is led and gripped by his parent's hand, God will not let us fall headlong. His grip will keep us from destruction. Skinned knees and bad bumps happen! God picks us up and keeps us on the path He has founded for us.
Lat & Linda Heard