When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me. —Psalm 94:18, NIV

 Have you ever been walking down the stairs and thought there was one more stair to go? And what you didn’t know was that there wasn’t—so your foot connected with the floor a few inches sooner than you were expecting. And it made a little slapping noise and for just a moment you lost your balance, but then you were OK.

Or have you ever missed a stair and suddenly found yourself negotiating nothing but air where there should have been a place for your foot to land?

Or have you ever been taking a walk, and suddenly a rock pokes itself up out of the pathway, and you stumble and start to fall forward until you catch yourself or the person walking with you catches you?

Perhaps you’ve been working on a project, just finishing it up, and, even though you are really tired, you are proud of it—and then your software crashes and takes your work with it. And then you have to basically start over, but you still manage to get it done on time.

Or you are having a conversation with someone you care about, and one of you says something that the other one misunderstands, and a little tension grows up between you and you aren’t sure how to address it.  But then someone says something kind or funny and the smiles start up again and all is well.

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me. —Psalm 94:18, NIV

When life pushes in, when things don’t go as we planned, when the pathway gets rocky, when relationships are complicated, when your foot starts to slip—it is exactly at that moment that we can ask for God’s help and know that help will come. We will not be left alone; we will not be helpless.

The range of God’s love and care for us is all-encompassing; it takes in every aspect of our lives. And not just the big, important things, but also the small ones: the foot slips, computer crashes,  traffic jams, recipe failures, dropped balls, missed opportunities, wrong exits, little misunderstandings—it all matters.

In every moment of our lives, your love, O Lord, supports us!