The Lord directs the steps of the godly, He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.  Psalm 37:23-24

Each day of our lives, we hopefully wake up to a new morning and try again. Despite many stumbles and falls, we all must find a way to fly on, lest we wither. We read in this psalm that God holds us and will never let us fall. But do we really trust? Do we really trust that God will be beside us through thick and thin?

I am a devotee of the late spiritual master, Henri Nouwen. He told a story about the circus, called “Trust the Catcher.” In this story, he writes the words of the trapeze artist who says, “As a flyer, I must have complete trust in my catcher. . .The public might think I am the star, but the real star is my catcher. . . The secret is that the flyer does nothing and the catcher does everything. . . I have simply to stretch out my arms and hands and wait for him to catch me and pull me over the apron to safety. . . . A flyer must fly and a catcher must catch, and the flyer must trust, with outstretched arms, that his catcher will be there for him.”

Much of our lives are spent “flying.” We need to learn to live our lives with outstretched arms, to hold out our hands and trust Our Catcher.

God, our Refuge, You have delighted in us and loved us through every step of our lives. You have met us and sustained us at our deepest point of need. May we trust that your loving arms will always catch us.  Amen. 

Psalm 37:1-18, Psalm 37:19-42; Deuteronomy 7:6-11; Titus 1:1-16; John 1:29-34