“You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.” –Psalm 18:36, NIV
I’m approaching today’s verse, the last of five in this series, with just a little bit of fear and a whole lot of laughter. You see, several years ago, I happened upon Proverbs 3:26, “For the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared,” on a day when I’d accidentally impaled my foot on a nail. (I’ve never believed the timing was a coincidence!) Then this morning, I almost tested gravity on my treadmill. Thankfully, my ankle did not give way.
When I run, I’m really finicky about my shoes. Before I tie them, I make sure I don’t feel any sock seams or folds that might rub blisters. After I tie them, I double check because I really hate blisters! I double knot my laces, so they won’t come untied to trip me. Then I move my foot around a bit to make sure I haven’t tied the laces too loosely or too tight. Either can cause problems that will haunt me for the rest of the day. It takes a few extra minutes to get my shoes just so, but it ensures my run will be more comfortable–which usually means I can go further!
This morning, however, even though I’d double-knotted my laces, one bow somehow slid to the side, far enough over that I actually stepped on it a few times and almost tripped. I can’t even imagine how painful a fall on a treadmill would be, but I’ve witnessed several on TV. (Our family really loves watching AFV!) I’m thankful I didn’t experience such a fall today. And, as I did back when I discovered Proverbs 3:26, I’m groaning and giggling over today’s verse.
I just love You, Lord! Your timing confounds me. It also tickles my funny bone.
I hope you’ll join me as I memorize Psalm 18:36 this week. Our Father loves us and watches over us. He provides all we need! We can trust Him as we follow Him through life’s spiritual journey. We may trip and fall physically, but if we’re living in His presence, spiritually He’ll ensure we will stay healthy and strong.
Father, we thank You! Help us to stay on the path You provide and stick close to You always. Amen.
To review the full passage we’ve been contemplating for the past few weeks, click here. Did anyone memorize all five verses? Congratulations to you!