The parent tightly clasped the toddler's hand. Rather than require their little one to keep pace with them, they slow down and take smaller steps keeping pace with their little one. It would be unreasonable to do otherwise for there is no way the toddler could match the stride of their parent. They're too small and they can be a bit unsteady. Plus, in the beginning it is rather hard for them to walk straight for very long. Even when their eyes are fixed on an object, they tend to veer off to the right or left and must frequently adjust their course.
Despite the fact that the parent is taking slow, careful steps and is tightly holding the child's hand, it happens. The child stumbles.
Sometimes they stumble because they have tripped over something but often times they are still trying to master the art of walking. They trip over their own feet and WHOOSH!
I'm sure that every parent reading this has experienced this at one time or another. Their child loses their footing and is in danger of falling flat on their face except for the fact that something is stopping them. Their parent does not release their grip.
As someone who worked with and observed young children for many years, I have seen some children get in some very odd positions as they dangle from their parent's hand. Sometimes they do fall but the fall is softened, guided by the parent's hand.
Have you ever felt like you've been walking along, hand in hand with God when suddenly you realize that your feet have slipped out from under you? Perhaps you weren't watching where you were going. Perhaps you got stubborn and abruptly tried to yank your hand out of His so that you could go where you wanted to go and do what you wanted to do. Or maybe the path got uneven and rough. It became difficult to maneuver and before you know it, you're off balance and... yeah... I think we've all been there. If you haven't, don't worry. You'll get there.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.- Psalm 37:23-24 (NLT)
Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
Oh yes K I have definitely been there done that and not just a s a child.
Thank God, for He has always had His hand on me even when I tried to walk away He still had me by the shirt tail.