But I'll take the hand of those who don't know the way, who can't see where they're going. I'll be a personal guide to them, directing them through unknown country. I'll be right there to show them what roads to take, make sure they don't fall into the ditch. These are the things I'll be doing for them--sticking with them, not leaving them for a minute.
My grandparents lived about 9 miles from our house, and in the summer time I would put my dog in the basket of my bike and ride to their house. I spent time there in the summers, fondly taking in the smell of coffee, juicy fruit gum, pizza, and various desserts. I stayed up late watching TV, and wandered the town on my bike. I raced down the hills as if I was the only person in the world. Now, as I look back on it, I am so thankful for the hand of God upon my life as I recklessly moved about my days. He kept me out of so many ditches! What an amazing God He is.
So often I have thought that life is hard, but I do not say that over my life anymore. God is my Personal Guide, yes, it is challenging at times, but He shows me the roads to take. He keeps me out of the ditch, He never leaves me. And, while He is with me, He is restoring, renewing, and continually reviving me. He is rebuilding areas that are broken, and He redeems what the enemy has stolen. This is all life-giving.
God saw all the invisible places in my life that needed to be filled, and He stepped in. He knew that when I was a little girl I would need days of freedom on my bicycle, just to ride like crazy. So, He got on the bike with me and put a shield of protection around me. God knew that I would need to remember Grandma's house so vividly, that I could still smell juicy fruit gum and smile, or everytime I see a pink house it brings a sweet chuckle. God has a way of sticking with us and never leaving.