Below is today’s devotional by Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic who ministers to people with disabilities. Her devotional book, titled the same as this post, is available by daily email through Christianity.com. I highly recommend it to you in whatever form you can get it. Her perspective on life and perception of the spiritual realm are incredible by any standard. Each devotional is a rich blessing.
This one came to me with perfect timing.
Follow the Wrangler
“… I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel’s father…” —Jeremiah 31:9b
The Patapsco River runs white water between Marriottsville and Woodstock, Maryland. I ought to know because as a child I rode horses there. Over the course of a half-mile, the river drops several meters, tumbling over jagged rocks. A sharp ledge of granite and slate rises up on the left side of the bank. On the right side lies a flat, grassy meadow.
Now, you could travel either riverbank, for the trail splits there. One path leads up the dangerous, slippery slope; the other meanders through the meadow. As a child riding a horse, the unspoken rule was that I had to stick close behind Dad, who rode the lead horse. He was the trail boss and had the final say on which trail we would take. But every time we came to that fork in the path, I would look longingly to the left side of the river.
I had seen boys race their horses up and down that ledge like wild cowboys, and while it looked dangerous, it also looked exciting. But my dad refused to let me do such a reckless thing.
Even now, every once in a while, I find myself wanting to take the path with the crazy risks. But my heavenly Father is the boss. He has the final say, and to move off the path He chooses is foolish.
Jeremiah 31:9 reminds us of that truth. God says He will do the safest and wisest thing for His children because, simply put, He’s our Father. I, for one, am glad that God holds His ground with me. I also like that God chooses the “level path,” the one where we will be less prone to stumble.
How about you? Are you willing to follow the path chosen for you? Or do you veer toward the slippery slope?
Heavenly Father, the rocky ledge may look inviting, but help me to want to just view it from the meadow.