Getting a Grip

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Ice and snow made the paths treacherous. I was not in the mood of falling again. Once was enough. (I also much rather get an increased heart rate from a brisk walk than from falling headlong in the snow.) I pulled the traction spikes across the bottom of my boots. As the rubber parts stretched securely over my feet, small spikes protruded from my soles and heels. Eagerly I stepped out of the car. Immediately I noticed the difference. I was able to plant my feet firmly into the ice and snow, and after several trial steps onto frozen puddles, I knew this was money well spent.

The quiet of the forest and predictability of the path in front of me, brought such peace to my heart. Now with the traction I needed, I enjoyed miles of intimate fellowship with the Lord. I was elated to be able to have a good grip.

As I was walking, I was reminded of my faith. Often, I have to travel on faith-roads that are slippery. The circumstances and problems that are before me make my walk unstable. Insecurities and fears of falling make it seemingly impossible to step out in faith. Opposition and doubt keep me from trusting the path God has laid out for me.

God in His sovereign knowledge has given me
one sure and steady help –
the Holy Spirit.

He not only guides me, but also gives my faith-feet the necessary traction. In Him I can walk steadfastly, securely, and surely into each new step the Father has for me. He is my Ever-present Help on the daunting roads of life.

snowman, snow, early morning beauty 029β€œIf you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,
to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth,
whom the world cannot receive,
because it neither sees him nor knows him.
You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
John 14:15-17

(Heidi Viars, 2014)

15 responses to “Getting a Grip”

  1. I saw those in a store recently, glad to know they work. Falling is no fun!


    1. You are right, falling is no fun at all. These things are great for snow and ice -but you can’t use them at all on pavement. Thanks for your visit, Patti!


  2. Oh, Heidi, this blesses my heart greatly. Your words hold such wisdom–truly imparted to you by the Savior you lovingly serve. Big hugs. Much love.


    1. If you find any wisdom in it, dearest Skye it is not mine, that’s for sure.

      Proverbs 3:13-18 (ESV)
      Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

      Be blessed, sister! Hope your weekend will be restful!


  3. I’m so glad you were able to enjoy a walk despite the ice and snow. What a wonderful illustration of how life can be. πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks for reading, Rene! Blessings to you… hope where you are it’s warm πŸ™‚


      1. Well, it’s warm-er. [chuckle] But our home is warm and cozy, so I am thankful for the Lord’s provision. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚


  4. What an absolutely lovely analogy of faith and abiding in the Spirit. He leads us on solid ground. I’m going to have to share this on Twitter/Facebook! Hope you don’t mind. πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you, Susan. I don’t mind πŸ™‚


  5. I enjoy hearing how your walks in the woods inspire lessons on faith for you to share with us so we can safely navigate “slippery faith-roads.”

    Blessings ~ Wendy


    1. I so appreciate your heart for the Lord, Wendy … your posts are a constant reminder to me to stay focused on Him and His ways. Blessings to you, dear friend … on the paths He has for you.


  6. “The circumstances and problems that are before me make my walk unstable. Insecurities and fears of falling make it seemingly impossible to step out in faith. Opposition and doubt keep me from trusting the path God has laid out for me.” Heidi, thank you so much for this encouraging post … I can relate physically and spiritually to these words xxx


    1. He is so good, Liana. He holds us securely and gives us what we need. Blessings to you on your faith-walk with Him.


  7. I love that image–walking securely, not having to think about each step, able to enjoy the scenery and the Company. And with the Holy Spirit’s presence, we can walk just as steadfastly through life. Praise God! Thank you, Heidi, for yet another meaningful and beautiful post! Blessings to you, blogging-friend!


    1. Thank you for dropping in and blessing me with your comment πŸ™‚ Blessings to you, dear sister, as you walk faithfully and obediently in what He has prepared for you … long, long ago! (Ephesians 2:10)


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