It Is a Long Walk Without Him

“Fine. I’ll just walk home.”

My youngest daughter and I were sitting in the car waiting for her sister to get out of softball practice and we were having a discussion. She was anxious to get back home and didn’t like having to sit there and wait… especially when practice was supposed to have been over twenty minutes ago.

So, she gets out of the car… in her short skirt and T-shirt…. in 35 degree weather… and she starts walking.

She walks maybe 75 feet to the edge of the parking lot, looking over her shoulder to see if I’m going stop her… and then she turns and runs back to a bench in front of the school and sits on it.

I’m still sitting in the car.

Watching her.

I’m no dummy… it was cold out there.

She sits on her bench for about five minutes, maybe not even that long, with her arms crossed…pouting. I knew she was cold… but I let her sit there. Finally, she comes running to the car.

“I thought you were walking home?”.

“It’s cold out there… and I realized…

I don’t know how to get home from here.”


Because she spends most of her time in the car with her face in her phone and not paying any attention to where she is going…

Me too… sometimes I spend more time on Facebook than with my face in The Book seeking for direction on where I’m going…

And how many times have I gotten upset. Gotten mad. Pouted because things didn’t go my way and I’ve told God… “Fine”.

I’ll take it from here.
I’ll walk.
I’ll handle it myself.

Only to realize…

I didn’t know where I was going.
I didn’t know how to get there from here.
It was cold out there.

It’s a harsh world. It’s a painful world. It’s a bitter world, and it’s a world that will take you down… and that’s why you need Him. Every day. Every hour. Every minute. We need Him because He is our safe place, our guidance, our comfort, and our direction.

I’ve tried it on my own… but I get so much farther when I stay with Him!

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