Very Carefully

“So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.” Hebrews 2:1 (NLT) Very carefully means a lot to me right now. It seems we never fully understand something until we have walked it out ourselves. I heard of athletes who break a bone in their foot, and they are out for two months or more. Why? Because it takes 6-8 weeks for the bone to heal. Then do they run right back out onto the field? No. It takes time to get full strength back. I got permission from my doctor after seven weeks to walk without my AirCast. Did I hop, skip and jump out of the doctor’s office? No! I walked very, very slowly, very carefully back to the car—even slower than I was walking with my cast on. Why? Because I had to make sure every step was sure, secure, on flat ground, and not going to put me right back into the cast I just got set free from. Was I disappointed? Yes, and no. I got my foot back, but I didn’t. I had a weakened foot, a weakened ankle, and I have to think about every step I take right now. If I don’t, I may “drift away” to the right, or to the left—into any hole in the ground.

Verse three in Hebrews 2 says, “What makes us think that we can escape if we are indifferent to this great salvation that was announced by the Lord Jesus himself?” We better not be! Or we will drift, and we will get tripped up. Now, are we given grace by God every day when we turn to Him and fully repent, and fully acknowledge the need of our Savior to SAVE us? Yes. But if we just take off walking, not walking very carefully in His ways, we are going to end up broken people on that journey. Not because God doesn’t love us. But because He loves us so much, He will do what it takes to get our attention. “We must trust that not only he does what is best, but he knows what is ahead.” (M. Lucado.) God knows where the potholes are.

What good is a broken life? What good is a broken heart? What good is a broken foot? They are no good, if we are not willing to take heed, and walk more carefully as God brings us through them. I never thought about the gift of two healthy feet as much as I have in the last two months. Those with a broken life probably look at those who are not on as difficult a path, and they have never felt such an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle, godly choices, or healing through loss, that places life on a much more even keel. Not that there are not daily problems, but we should not create them by walking carelessly in the grace of God.

Searching And Noticing the Divine happens when we pay attention and “listen very carefully to the truth we have heard.” Let’s be intentional. Let’s not take any step in life for granted—whether it is a physical step with our foot, or a spiritual step with our Lord each day. Jesus died to give us so much. Let’s not be “indifferent to this great salvation that was announced by the Lord Jesus himself.”

My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.
Psalm 17:5 (NIV)