Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
(I wrote segments of this piece well before I had my own little one to watch teeter and totter. It seems that much more appropriate now that I've seen this process in action, but it didn't take much imagination to appreciate it even without a child in tow.)
Think of it. Junior is approaching a year old, starting to wobble around and developing a distinct personality. You're positioned comfortably on the overstuffed sofa for five minutes of non-feet time. Junior goes hobbling by you with nary a glance, eyes positioned on turning the corner down the hall, unaware of anything surrounding him, forward momentum propelling him forward more than anything else and sheer willpower keeping him upright. Your thought? "Where do you think you're going?" Eventually the bobble-head or diaper-bum overtake his spirited effort and your non-feet time is over as you go to pick him up and encourage the walking effort.
God is like the parent on the overstuffed sofa. "Where do you think you're going?" As we teeter and totter toward an unfamiliar path, loaded down with self-generated crap or an over-analytical, self-indulgent head, He watches patiently. He's not uncaring or hoping we fail; He's watching out for danger. He knows its part of the growing process. And if, as a young child often does when tumbling, we look up to Him, He promises to make our paths straight.
Notice it doesn't say that He makes it easy or magically makes us walk. He makes our path straight - if we are committed to not leaning on our own understanding