I dislocated my left ankle a couple years ago. It happened during my Krav Maga level test. I was sparring with my partner and mis-stepped, landing too far on the outer edge of my foot. All 150 pounds of me was supported by my ankle when I landed. That small misstep tore ligaments and left me unable to walk for almost a week.
Mis-stepping with sin can be the same way. Sin can leave us with torn ligaments and injuries. It can take us out of the game and put us on the sidelines. It can even send us to the hospital due to the damage we’ve allowed it to cause in our lives.
God provides a broad path for us to walk as we follow him. When we stray from the path we put ourselves at risk for injuries due to our ankles giving way. I’ve wandered off the path before and I’ll wander off again.
That’s the nature of sin: ever wandering. But that’s also why God prepared a broad path for us. Because of sin, we will always wander and stray. We’ll occasionally veer from the path, lose our footing, trip over a branch, and find ourselves nursing an injury after stepping back onto the path.
God’s path is paved with grace. His forgiveness and love know no bounds. Even when we stray from the path and sustain life threatening injuries we’re never out of his reach. God will always find us, bandage us up, help us heal, and recenter us on his path of grace.