Some of my early childhood memories made their home in my mind while I lived on Residence Street. It was a small house across the street from Jefferson Elementary School.
I remember my kindergarten class that had a large slipper slide inside the classroom and the day an interesting visitor walked into class. It was Peaches, my Boston Terrier who had come looking for me.
Even when I was in kindergarten, I would think of a hundred different places I would rather be than in class. One day I poured my milk in my lap, just so I could walk home (across the street) and get a change of clothes.
I guess my favorite memory was Dad teaching me to ride my bike. He would run along behind me and hold on to the back of the bike as I pedaled. I would take a quick peak to see if Dad was still behind me—it was always comforting to see him and know he was there.
We can know the same thing about our Heavenly Father. He’s promised to never leave us, and we can also know:
- God stands guard over us: “God can guard you so that you don’t fall and so that you can be full of joy as you stand in his glorious presence without fault (Jude 24).”
- God’s strength is available to us: “The Lord is faithful and will strengthen you and protect you against the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3).”
- God encourages us: “God our Father loved us and by his kindness gave us everlasting encouragement and good hope. Together with our Lord Jesus Christ, may he encourage and strengthen you to do and say everything that is good (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).”
- God has an inheritance for us: “We have been born into a new life which has an inheritance that can’t be destroyed or corrupted and can’t fade away. That inheritance is kept in heaven for you, since you are guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of time (I Peter 1:4-5).”
Dad had a great smile, and I only need to close my eyes to see it again and to hear his clear voice shout words of encouragement: “You can do it son—keep pedaling!”
You can do it too. You may need a little help, but the God who is your guard; your source of strength; and, your source of encouragement is ready to give you a little push as you pedal your way through life.