Sunday, December 28, 2008


That winter the Arctic blast to the Midwest seemed to be unending. The sidewalks and roadways were ice-covered, dangerously slick and slippery.

Daily walks outside become increasingly dangerous because of the ice. As I walked, I noticed how carefully I looked for a good place to put each step. Exercise intended for good health could quickly turn into an unhealthy result.

At other seasons, the importance of walking carefully can become apparent, too. In the summer, bare feet must be protected from glass or other sharp objects. A visit to the woods in the spring or autumn means looking carefully for poison ivy before making a wrong step.

I am reminded how carefully we must walk as we follow Jesus. He has a pathway marked for each of us - a pathway He has planned ahead of time. He knows daily where our steps should be placed so that we arrive safely Home with Him.

May we heed the admonishment to:

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of the
time . . . .

Another translation of the same scriptures reads:

Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.
Ephesians 5:15

Heavenly Father, I thank You that You delight in our walk of childlike faith. Please help me to balance that with careful walking. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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