Sunday, November 18, 2012
Just before Halloween, my daughter, two grandchildren and I went out into the countryside for some outdoor fun at the Dairy Farm. We rode in a wagon, bouncing over ruts in the field as a tractor pulled us to a vast cornfield containing an intricate maze.
We let four-year old Marisa and two-year old Declan walk ahead of us so we could observe their reaction to their first time in a cornfield.
At times, Marisa ran ahead - unafraid, reveling in the adventure and confident she could blaze a trail. We had to run to keep up (not easy on uneven ground of a cornfield) and call to her to wait and let us catch up. If she rounded a corner before we could get to her, I was fearful she might get lost.
Although he was leery of losing sight of his Mother, little Declan tried to keep up with his bigger cousin, falling more than once in his efforts. We managed to get through the maze after a number of wrong turns and dead ends -- and had fun in the process.
As I watched these two little ones roaming the uneven path together, it made me think of how they are just starting out on the journey of life. They'll be walking, stumbling, sometimes running along muddy or smooth or rutted paths all through their childhood, adolescents, into adulthood and eventually old age. The convoluted maze of life stretches before them and they have no idea what lies around the bend.
If it were not for the Lord watching over each step they take, it would be a fearful thing. I am so thankful that God loves these precious little ones and He says in Exodus 23:20: "See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared."
We do our part in leading them in the right direction by teaching them as Proverbs says, "Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil" (4:26-27).
As Marisa and Declan walk hand in hand down the corn path, I pray that they and each of my precious grandchildren, will walk hand in hand with our Lord and Savior along this path we call Life.