God our ‘Father’

God our ‘Father’

I have been a dad for 15 years now. As I think back over those years, there are numerous moments that have brought me great joy and pleasure. When my kids were young, I used to love holding their hand and walking with them (I don’t get to do that these days!). Their little feet would clamber along, taking three steps to my one. And, I would always have to match the pace of my one “giant” step to their three little steps, otherwise we would fall out of sync with each other and they would inevitably fall over. But even then, I had hold of their hand and I could catch them if they stumbled.

As they grew, their steps also grew to match mine and we inevitably became more equal in our ability to walk alongside each other. No longer did I have to slow my pace or shorten my steps to match theirs, as they were able to find their pace alongside mine. We still walked hand-in-hand and there were still moments when I would catch them when they stumbled, but those were less frequent than when they were learning to walk with me.

I think this provides a beautiful analogy of what it’s like to join Jesus on mission.  As we grow, we learn to walk in-step with Jesus, we align our pace with His and we (hopefully) stumble less often.  We learn how to walk alongside Him, not rushing ahead or lagging behind.  We learn to walk where He leads us and in the perfect timing with which He does.  And, when have the assurance that when we inevitably stumble He will catch us, prop us up and get us walking again. 
 
Colossians 2:6-7 says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”  As we continue to join Jesus on mission, may we learn to walk in-step with him.
 
Nick