I just hoped she didn’t slip before I got there!
As soon as the faint cry for help drifted its way over the playground chatter and reached my ears, I turned to see Leianna dangling off the play equipment. Her typical vice grip was on the verge of slipping and the desperate look in her eyes told me she quickly needed some help.
With a few quick leaps and I was there just in time to take her in my arms before she slipped and plummeted onto the spongy playground surface below.
At a time when David found his own grip slipping, he rediscovered the faithful love of God that would never let him fall:
‘When I said, “My foot is slipping, ” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me’ – Psalm 94:18 (NIV)
David experienced overwhelming anxiety as he faced the threat of death. But right in the midst of what could have been his worst nightmare, the arms of God swept him up to place him on solid ground:
‘Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death… When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy’ (94:17; 19)
There are many slippery surfaces as we navigate our way through life’s adventure. Whether it’s the weakness of our own heart to resist temptation and slippery slope of compromise, or the ability to keep holding on to the promises of God when everyone and everything else try’s to pull you down, most of us will at some stage find our selves desperate for help as our feet begins to slip.
But the good news is that we have a Father whose ear is attentive to our cries and has the power to rescue us from even the most threatening situations.
Knowing her Dad is close gives Leianna the confidence to keep taking risks and push herself right to the edge. Although I’m not afraid of letting her get a few bruises and grazes to help sharpen her focus and agility, the second she cries out for help is the same second I will reach out to support her.
If God has opened the way ahead, don’t hold back in fear of slipping off the path. Instead, remain confident because although He won’t necessarily rescue you from every bruising encounter ahead, He does guarantee to support and strengthen you as you cry out to Him!