No matter how it may feel sometimes, you’re not going to fall or fail.
As I recently shared on Instagram, when my family asked how I wanted to celebrate my book launch for The Powerful Purpose of Introverts, I said, “Feed goats with Eula!” (My three-year-old granddaughter and I share an affection for furry, snack-loving, four-footed creatures.)
So one Friday evening we all went to Farmland Adventures, a local place with a petting zoo and pumpkin patch. In between the two, Eula discovered a swing shaped like a tractor. I set her on it and pushed her up, up, up. She, so brave, kept wanting to go higher.
I complied—but only because I had my fingers looped through the back of her overall straps. She had no idea I was holding on to her, making sure she couldn’t fall. It brought to mind words from one of my favorite Psalms…
The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
I think failure is the “falling” we often fear most as grown-ups. We’re all living in a time of uncertainty right now, one that requires great bravery. It can feel sometimes as if we’re on our own. But even when we can’t see Him, even when we can’t feel Him, even if we wonder if He’s still paying attention—God still has His hands on each of us.
Yes, we may have days when we wobble in our faith, grow weary in our work, wonder if our courage is going to run out. That’s part of being human. But it doesn’t change God’s affection for us or His protection of us.
Today, right now, in this crazy year, in this very moment…
The Lord directs your steps.
He delights in every detail of your life.
Though you stumble, you will never fall,
for the Lord holds you by your hand.
Or, to say it like they might at Farmland Adventures, “Honey, God’s gotcha by the overall straps and He ain’t letting go—no matter what.”
Cheering You On,
This week’s More than Small Talk episode is When Worry Weighs You Down. We get honest about our struggles with worry (especially in this season), talk about what helps, and share practical strategies you can use today.