He Watches Over Me

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He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:3)            

Several four- to five-year-olds clustered around a LEGO table, oblivious to the worship band on the screen in the family area of our church. A little girl leaned forward to grab one of the trains. She slipped and ended up under the table with the chair on top of her. Her eyes grew wide. But before a cry escaped her lips, her father covered the length of the room and swept her into his arms. He held her in one arm while he righted the chair. Then he swung her to him, looked her up and down, and smiled. Turning her away from him, he sat her in the chair. Within seconds she was engrossed with the LEGO toys. He drew up a chair a little way behind her and sat there for the rest of the service.

            I don’t remember the sermon or the songs we sang that Sunday. But an image is still fresh in my mind—a father watching over his daughter as he sat close enough to help if needed, far enough not to hover.
            It reminds me that I’m not alone in life or in my homeschool. My Father is near—close enough to reach out and steady me when I stumble or pick me up when I fall. He counsels me, instructs me, and guides each step I take.
            “The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm121:7-9).
Digging deeper: What reassurance does Psalm 121 offer you?
Excerpted from School Is Where the Home Is: 180 Devotions for Parents by Anita Mellott, copyright © 2011 by Anita Mellott. Used by permission of Judson Press, www.judsonpress.com.