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The Unseen Helper
by Johnnie Ann Gaskill
Thinking she was walking all by herself, nine-month-old Peyton chuckled with delight. Actually, she was walking behind her stroller and holding onto a stabilizer rod that was just the perfect height for her. I was assisting her, but since she didnt feel my hands on hers, as she had during our previous walks, she really thought she was going wherever she wanted to go all by herself.
As she giggled and walked faster and faster, I sensed her confidence growing with each lap we made through the house. I imagined that she was thinking, Man, oh man! I am really flying now, arent I? Just look at me!
I didnt bother to show her that my right hand was gently grasping the neckline of her loose-fitting shirt and that my left hand was on the handle of the stroller, guiding it, controlling the speed, and preventing it from getting away from her. The time had come to help her let go of the white-knuckle grip she normally had on my fingers. Her balance was improving daily and she was showing increasing signs of being ready to walk by herself.
Father, thank You for being with me, even when I do not realize all the ways You are tenderly watching over me and directing my path.
If the LORD delights in a mans way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23-24, NIV)
Author: Johnnie Ann Gaskill
Publication Date: March 12, 2003
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