Your Father Knows the Steps

(An excerpt from Love is Not an Emotion)

I carry vivid pictures in my mind as a four- or five-year-old looking down at my little white, frilly laced, sock-feet, as they move without effort from me. My tiny hands grasped tightly by my father’s rough and sturdy ones. My little feet rest securely atop my father’s heavy, leather work boots—each tiny foot planted on top of his.

An image like that from my childhood reminds me of God’s love. It is easy to go from that memory into my imagination—watching myself dance with my Heavenly Father. No matter what age I am, I see myself as that little girl moving with him.

Repeatedly throughout Scripture God shows His great, divine, everlasting kindness. Nehemiah 9:17 says:

And they refused to listen, And did not remember Thy wondrous deeds which Thou hadst performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But Thou art a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness, and Thou didst not forsake them.[1]

He knows the tune we dance to, and the steps necessary to gracefully complete every dance we will ever dance through the moments of our lives.

As a young adult, I thought my plan was better.

I believed a lie that still prevails today. If I gave in and did things God’s  way, I’d have to give up on my dreams. I’ve discovered over the years He put most of those dreams in my heart. And he knows the way to get there far better and easier than I do.

Now, I want every movement to be within His rhythm—His plan. I have learned I can flow through life’s dance floor, never missing a beat as long as I keep my feet planted firmly on His. From experience, I know when I let go of His hands, step off and venture out on my own, things become shaky. I suddenly become aware of the obstacles I hadn’t had to navigate while in step with him.

Once I realizing my mistake, I search and find Him. I don’t have to look far because He calls my name . . . and once again I’m secure, moving in step with Him.

Your Heavenly Father knows the steps required to gracefully complete every dance you will ever dance.

[1] NASB