Proverbs 3:23 Then you will go in your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. NIV
I love to work in my garden in the summertime. It’s one of my favorite past times. But my garden contains an enemy that will stop me in my tracks every time. My number one enemy is less than an inch long, but can carry out an attack worthy of much bigger opponents. It hides in my garden, perfectly concealed among many rows of vegetables. Once it attacks, I am left itching for at least a week. Fire ants are intent on world domination. In the case of my garden and the rest of my yard, they’re winning, despite many attempts to get rid of them.
These tiny creatures are known for their doggedly perseverance and tenacity. They cannot be knocked down due to bad weather. They simply burrow deep in the ground until the storm clears and begin rebuilding the mound. If there is a lack of food, they either bravely search in a bigger area or move the entire mound altogether to another place. Their number one goal is survival, no matter what happens.
Our efforts to get rid of these pests usually fail, as a new mound appears as soon as we get rid of an older one. In the garden, the ant hill is hidden in the freshly rowed dirt, perfect for a surprise attack on an unsuspecting victim, usually me.
My urge to go barefoot is quickly foiled by these mighty tiny armies. I must protect myself from a seemingly invisible enemy, though they still occasionally sneak into my shoes. I have to be careful with every step to keep my feet and hands bite-free. Sometimes I must wear gloves or boots to defend myself.
Fortunately, God can see little dangers in our lives we may miss or overlook. By obeying His words, we can keep ourselves from sneak attacks. The Bible says that He will guide our feet and keep us from stumbling. We can be protected if we trust Him to lead and guide us, rather than blindly running carelessly into a trap. He doesn’t want us to be overcome by anything, whether big or small. We can trust Him with the big important things and all of the other stuff too.
Prayer: Thank you God for watching over my steps, and keeping me safely on your path. Amen.