Sometimes, as a grandparent, I find myself doing things that I probably shouldn’t do. I suppose it all boils down to love for the kids, but I think back on some of my adventures and suddenly realize that there is no way I would ever do some of the things I’ve done, if not for wanting to spend time with the grand-kids.
One of those questionable adventures occurred a couple of years ago at a local theme park. The kids wanted to play on a rope course designed for children. It was an exciting looking course filled with ropes, rope ladders, wooden beams and all sorts of things that would thrill a kid. Like any good grandparent, I gave them permission to participate and off we went. Only after getting to the entrance was I told the thrilling news that one of my grandchildren was too short to walk on the course without an adult. I certainly couldn’t tell him “no” and allow him to sit and watch his big brother have a blast, so I agreed to walk the course with him.
The course started off fairly easy with simple and easy to navigate paths. As the course progressed, the challenges got harder until eventually I found myself on a single strand of rope several feet above the ground with very little to hold on to. Of course, the kids were far ahead of me. They weren’t waiting for grandpa. After some careful, step-by-step circus work, I was able to cross the more difficult single strand of rope and finish on a wooden platform where I could re-gain my composure. After a few moments of resting, I managed to continue on to the next section of the course which involved much wider, wooden planks; much like a scaffolding or a ramp. This was a piece of cake compared to the single wire I had earlier climbed.
God’s word says in Psalms 18, verse 36 says that HE has enlarged (or made wide) my steps so that I won’t slip. How true this verse is in our everyday Christian lives. God has a way of making things easy when the world views those same things as difficult. God has a way of clearing a path for us when we see no way out. You may be going through one of those times in your life when you feel like you’re walking a single tightrope. Just remember, His Word promises that wider steps and a firm foundation are ahead of you.