At almost two years old, my brother's granddaughter is trying her hardest to master the stairs. Exceptionally petite in stature, her hands can barely reach the main railing, so thinking outside the box he created a custom rail just for her. It's a beautiful textured piece of wood that looks nothing like the mass produced rod it sits under. Gently handcrafted and carefully measured, this bar was made especially for his little grand baby girl to keep her safe in her travels. Whether climbing to new heights or heading down to visit her G.G. Pa (great grandpa) she has just what she needs for the journey.
This precious little railing reminds me of what our heavenly Father provides for each us as well. After all, how can we grow if we don't learn to do things for ourselves, yet some things are simply beyond our reach. That's when God provides us with our own custom-built railing. Railings that help us through the toughest of times like a much needed boost of encouragement from a faithful friend, a word of truth and hope from scripture, that warm hug given at just the right moment, an unexpected but much needed financial aid, or the relief of a breakthrough in a seemingly hopeless situation. Whatever the circumstance, God provides just what we need to make it through.
While it would be cumbersome for me to hold onto Heidi's railing, I am no less in need of one of my own. It seems no matter how old we become there is always something that's just beyond our grasp rendering us in need of a little help of our own. Perhaps you need a little support today as well. Maybe things seem beyond your reach this holiday season with too many needs and not enough resources. If so, grab ahold of our only sustainer and hope, Jesus Christ. More than a temporary bar of support, His cross has given us eternal victory over any trial that comes our way here on earth. So, grab hold of Him and climb to new heights. He'll be with you every step of the way!
"Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample down their high places.”
"But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless."
"The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies."
"So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”