My kids love to show me stuff. Whether it is a picture they drew, a room they cleaned or a lego construction they created–they want to ensure that their mommy gives them the proper accolades and attention for their work. Every day at least one of my kids runs up to me, yelling, “Mommy! Mommy! Come look at what I did!”
They also come get me when they need help or when something is wrong. They may need help finding their shoes or someone may have gotten hurt or something accidentally broke. They want me to take care of the problem, so they rush to me in desperate pursuit, crying, “Mommy! Come quick! We need you!”
They pull my hand to follow them and rush in front of me, so they can lead the way. I follow behind them and watch the direction of their steps, preparing myself for the surprise that await us. I’ve noticed that as they walk, they are constantly looking over their shoulder, making sure that I’m still behind them. Once they locate me with their eyes, they forge forward on their quest.
Isn’t it nice to know that we never have to look behind us when we walk by faith? The Bible says that God goes before us, preparing our way (Exodus 23.20). He will never leave us stranded or alone (Hebrews 13.5). We don’t have to constantly look over our shoulder, looking for God, because He sees our hard work and knows our pain. God is not surprised by our circumstance, and He already has His favor and grace ready for us.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
-Deuteronomy 31.8 (NIV)
“God, I don’t have to beg You to come to me because You are already holding me securely in Your hands. I trust my circumstances to Your care, and I know that You will provide me with all the support and provision I need.”