Happiness: Letting the Lord Guide Us


Dear Son,

The other day we went for a walk. You were riding your tricycle and I was pushing it from behind with a bar that lets me push and steer while standing up and walking behind you. After a while you jumped off and decided that you wanted to do the pushing and steering. I let you push the trike while I would just hold the top of the handle above your head and steer to make sure we stayed on the sidewalk. Eventually, you looked up and realized that I was guiding and steering and you emphatically said “No”, you wanted to do it all yourself. I agreed, and it only took about 5 seconds before you veered off the sidewalk and hit a tree and got stuck. I helped you get back on the sidewalk and let you continue to push. I still wanted to respect your desire for independence by not steering the whole time, but I didn’t want you to veer off into the road or waste all our time getting you out of the bushes or trees. So I decided to intervene and steer only as you were starting to veer off the sidewalk. With my little intermittent corrections of course you didn’t know that I was guiding you the whole time safely back to our home.

So here is my best attempt to teach you what you taught me:
– If we are wise, we will let God lead us and if we do we will be protected.
– He sees what we can’t see (the rocks, trees, divots, oncoming traffic) and we need Him.
– We will get stuck when we fail to let him guide us.
– He is strong and has power to get us “unstuck” and out of the messes we get into. He has the power to deliver us and get us back on track, we just have to let him.
– He loves us and wants us to be happy and to make it home to him safely. He’ll always want to guide us, even if we look up and say “NO”. But we say “NO” to God to our own detriment and peril.
– The Lord will let us do things on our own, because he loves and respects our agency. He’ll even let us go get in trouble. And if we let him, he’ll get us out of trouble and back onto the pathway of peace.
– As we grow, we get more freedom and ability to direct our lives.
– It is a lot easier to guide someone when they are still on the path and need only a little correction, than when they are off the path which then requires so much more effort and energy to correct.

I know that the Lord can and does guide His children, even if we aren’t always aware of it. As you grow up let Him guide you and don’t look up and say “NO”. “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:6

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