My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net — Psalm 25:15.
Deep snow presents a problem for tiny feet. Six inches of snow can immobilize a child just learning to walk.
It can be comical to watch. Bundled up in a snowsuit, the toddler slowly makes forward progress. A few laborious steps later, however, she finds herself stuck. That’s when her cries for help begin: “Dad!Dad!Dad!” The cry continues until strong arms pluck her up and set her down in a safe spot.
The toddler could easily have avoided her predicament. Her father’s tall boots and strong legs had blazed a trail, creating a path for her. Rather than forcing her own way through the snow, she could have trusted her father and walked in his steps.
Our Lord, loving Father that he is, has prepared a path of safety for his people. He has created a way through life’s challenges and obstacles. Paul described this path:
We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. –Ephesians 2:10
Early in life, Paul had become stuck in his own self-righteousness, resisting Christ’s promised salvation. Like a father who plucks his child up out of the snow, the Lord had come to Paul on the road to Damascus and plucked him up out of eternal death.
The Lord set Paul on a better path; he placed him in the way of Christ Jesus. This is the path that God had prepared for Paul from all eternity.
God has prepared a safe path through life for you as well. This path of safety began with the promise God mad to Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden. The prophets spoke of this path, and their words of promise were fulfilled in Christ’s birth. The path of safety was completed at Calvary’s cross and at the empty tomb of your Savior.
Your Lord has plucked you from eternal danger and place you on the path of safety Jesus blazed for you. Along this path are scattered all kinds of positive, helpful things you can do for others in thanksgiving to Christ. So what will you do on earth today for heaven’s sake?
From the book Man of God Walking by Faith.