Hosea 11:3 (NIV)
“It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize
it was I who healed them.
Here is something I read lately and enjoyed:
A centipede was happy till
One day, a toad in fun
Said, “Hey, which leg goes after which?”
Which strained his mind in such a pitch
He lay distracted in a ditch,
Considering how to run.
I think there are a good too many toads in the world, and sometimes, not in fun at all but very seriously, they manage “to strain our minds to such a pitch,” that instead of going on in simplicity we may very easily find ourselves distracted in a ditch, not running, but only consider how to run.
But this doesn’t have to happen. In one of the loveliest nursery pictures of the Bible, we have our God teaching His little child how to walk, taking it by its arms as one does when teaching babies: “When Israel was a child, I loved him. … It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms.” (Hosea 11:1,3)
As we learnt to walk in our Father’s nursery, and now we are out of the nursery and on the racecourse – looking away from toads without and within – “Let us run… fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
So let us run and not be weary, and walk and not be faint.