Caught in a Trap

“…for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:26‬ ‭

That was odd.

I mean, I’ve never had THAT happen before.

I was leaving the house to go to work. Normal, so far. I pulled the door shut behind me. Ditto. How many times have I done that?? Millions, I should think.

Okay. So I’m leaving for work, pulling the door behind me. Somehow, my right foot was still inside the house as I slammed the door shut.

THAT was the deviation from the normal procedure.



Here’s the thing – my foot was somehow aligned so that it was parallel to the doorframe. When the door swung towards it, my shoe took the brunt of the force.

How I managed that singular feat of athleticism, I’ll never know. I don’t believe I’ve ever left the house with one foot parallel to the door frame. It seems to be common practice for one’s feet to face the direction of intended motion.

Confusing, I know.

But I also know that had my foot been facing any other direction my flimsy sandals (did I mention they are sparkly??) would never have stood up to the force of that door closing.

I’m trying NOT to think about the potential damage to a foot caught in a forcefully slammed door.


I’m thinking that it was no coincidence that this verse popped up in my reading today, after that ‘near foot’ experience.

We have a lot of oddities to navigate right now, don’t we? And since they are new, we aren’t always sure if we are taking the right steps moving forward. There is no precedent. There is no rule book. It would be easy to get short-circuited and fall back into avoidance or denial or filling the uncomfortable space with chocolate or busyness or binge-watching Netflix.

But here is yet another principle that can guide our navigation – when the Lord is our security, when we are sincerely taking steps to make Him and His ways our priority, we can move forward in our decision-making process knowing that He will steer us in the right direction. Our feet will be ‘lined up’, and not perpendicular to our intended route.

We will avoid the traps of self indulgence or people pleasing or misguided directionality when we dedicate our steps to the Navigator.

Make the Lord your security with me today?

Father, there is so much potential for us to take the wrong steps or get caught up in controversy or foolishness. Keep us secure in the path You have chosen for us. Help us to make wise decisions and follow in Your footsteps as we navigate unfamiliar territory. Thank You for being our security today! Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at, and my poetry is stashed at Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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