Learning to Walk in Grace

Learning to Walk in Grace

I remember my first Easter with my oldest daughter Rachel when she was 9 months old. We were having an Easter Egg hunt in our neighborhood and wouldn’t you know, it snowed that morning in Tennessee… but all of us moms, still got out there with our Easter Eggs and baskets

Learning to Walk in Grace

I can’t describe to you the joy that I felt as my 9 month old daughter Rachel was able to walk with me by holding my hand… She was still pretty unsteady… but by holding my hand she was able to reach down and pick up and egg … It was the first time that I celebrated Easter through the eyes of a child…

We were so excited about every step that Rachel took… I don’t ever remember the falls that Rachel had … She would take a few steps with her little legs and then take a tumble… But we would be going crazy…. screaming… shouting… taking picture of this momentous event of her first steps!

I don’t remember ever sitting on the couch saying…

“Come on Rachel… you can do better than that… I’m walking… why are you falling… Haven’t you mastered this yet? Your dad can walk… grandma can walk… come on! What’s wrong with you?”

NO! I never did that.

The falls never frustrated me.

I don’t remember the falls. Rachel turns 26 on May 24. She knows how to walk now (and falls a lot less). 

But when she was little, there were times she took a fall and she had a bloody knee that needed bandaging… She also needed to be cuddled and held and her boo boo kissed.  Then, a bright smile would light up her face and off she would go again.

So it is with our heavenly father

who rejoices in every step you have ever taken

and heals every fall.

So it is with our heavenly father

who loves to see us run

and never tires of picking us up

In fact, God forgets (the falls). “As far as the east is from the west” (I have forgotten the falls). 

Jesus is saying,

“What falls? All I see is the steps. Some of us are absolutely consumed with the falls. What falls? Trust me to help you walk again.  Just turn around from your sin and walk towards me!”

There is often something inside of us that feels like God is going to love some future version of ourselves better. It’s not true. God is not tired of picking you up. It’s about the journey, not about arriving. 

You and I are never going to “deserve” God’s favor. I can’t live a perfect life. You can’t live a perfect life.

JESUS DID LIVE A PERFECT LIFE.  So when Jesus went to the cross, he could pay a moral debt that you and I could never pay. He died a spiritual death – that you and I could never die.

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Author, Speaker, and Pastor

SUE DETWEILER is a mother of six, author, speaker, radio host, and pastor with over 25 years of experience in leadership, ministry and education. Sue and her husband Wayne have recently relocated to the North Dallas Texas area to plant and pastor Life Bridge Church.

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  • This is such a sweet memory of my daughters learning to walk!

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    Sue,
    So thankful that I/we have a Heavenly father who, when we fall, picks us up, dusts us off and beckons us to keep walking toward Him. As long as we’re putting one foot in front of the other we’re making progress. So thankful the spills don’t count!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Bev, me too! Every day when the sun comes up it’s a new beginning a new start.

  • Shannon Geurin

    Hi Sue! I just linked up today and I’m so glad I found your blog. Your encouragement and life giving nature shine through you posts. This was such a great reminder to me today!!!