I have recently had a whole lot of fun babysitting our 10-month-old grandson. Our kids have been in the midst of a move. So I’ve been given the happy responsibility of watching him on a few occasions. Crosby is a bundle of energy. The only time he stops moving is when he sleeps. He’s constantly on the go. And he has no fear. He has no clue that danger is all around.
The boy will dive face first off of a sofa. He will climb up stairs without realizing the danger he could face if no one were there to catch him going backwards. There are sharp corners and edges all around. A little kid who doesn’t yet have bearings and balance could easily find himself with a split forehead or a bloody chin. When I’m with him I can’t turn away or leave him for more than a few seconds. Countless times I have caught him, defended him, and kept him from all different kinds of harm and danger.
The other night as I was watching his mother follow after him I had a little realization. I wonder if God looks at me in the same way? He most certainly must be able to see the danger that lurks around my every corner. My Heavenly Father sees the collision course down the road ahead of me. I’m certain that he has timed things just right so that an accident is avoided, my bike stays upright, or an encounter is missed.
I love Crosby so much that I would do my absolute best to guard him from any kind of harm. I would dive, get hurt, even sacrifice myself before ever seeing him succumb to danger. But even I can’t protect him from everything. No human being could.
But there is One who does. Our Heavenly Father sent His Son to protect me from the enemies that could hurt me or Crosby far worse than a jagged corner, a car, or even a gun. He dove into this world of sin, got hurt by wicked people and the Evil One, and sacrificed Himself on a cross to take on my spiritual punishment.
It reminds me of the old hymn, I Walk in Danger All the Way. One stanza says this:
I walk with Jesus all the way,
His guidance never fails me;
Within his wounds I find a stay
When Satan’s power assails me;
And by his footsteps led,
My path I safely tread.
No evil leads my soul astray;
I walk with Jesus all the way.
I’m so glad Crosby doesn’t just have to rely on my protection — or even that of his parents. He has far greater protection than I could ever give.
It’s the ultimate safety net given to all of us by a loving God.