“Walk a little slower daddy,” said a child so small.
“I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast, Sometimes they’re hard to see; So walk a little slower, Daddy, For you are leading me.
Someday when I’m all grown up, You’re what I want to be; Then I will have a little child Who’ll want to follow me.
And I would want to lead just right, And know that I was true; So, walk a little slower, Daddy, For I must follow you.” ~Author Unknown
Despite its simplicity, this poem has tugged at the heart strings of many parents. It is used on a multitude of Father’s Day gifts from coffee mugs to key chains to hand made art that features the foot prints of a child. The image of a young child striving to walk like Daddy evokes a strong emotional response even in calloused hearts.
The illustration should pull on more than just our emotions. It can serve as a spiritual analogy as well.
In Ephesians chapter five, Paul adjured us to watch what God does…then do it. He continues the thought throughout the rest of the letter by telling us to match our gait to God’s. Walk like He walks, follow in His footsteps.
Walk in love. Ephesians 5:2
Walk in light. Ephesians 5:8
Walk in wisdom. Ephesians 5:15
Walk in humility. Ephesians 5:21
Walk in deference. Ephesians 6:1, 6:5, 6:9
Have you ever prayed a prayer asking God to lead you? Then follow the LEADer.
That is how Paul said to walk the same way the God walks. Follow.
“My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.” Psalm 17:5
“Direct my footsteps according to your word.” Psalm 119:133
If we want Him to guide our footsteps, then we will have to move our feet.
Part 18 of “Echoes of Encouragement from Ephesians.” See Also: AKA “The Mirror”