father&girl

Quite a few years ago, when I had

barely begun my journey as an adult

in life, I was faced with a big decision.

I was fretting and fearful and ended up

Struggling for days with this decision.

God eventually answered by giving me a

simple illustration.

It was a picture of a little girl holding

her father’s hand as they walked.

All the while, she was fearfully begging

her father to hold on to her: “Daddy,

please don’t let go of my hand!” On

and on she went, until finally her

father stopped, knelt down, and looked

straight into her eyes. With a firm but

loving voice, he told her that he would

never let go of her, that as long as she

wanted to stay close to him, he would

always lead her and walk beside her.

I got the point and made my decision.

There have been many other

important decisions to make since

then, but when I struggle with fear

of the outcome, of making a mistake,

or of going astray, this illustration

always comes back to me.

Of course, life is full of wrong

turns and missteps, and sometimes

we zig when we should zag, but we

can always return to God’s side and

find our way again. He promised to

never leave us or forsake us.1

On the lonely and rugged

mountain trails, He is our companion.

On the trek through the desert,

when we thirst and feel the dryness

of life and wonder when (and if)

we’ll find the oasis, He is bringing us

closer with each step. When we push

through the crowds and confusion of

day-to-day life and struggle against

endless questions, weariness, and

discouragement, He walks beside us

and tells us, I’m here. Talk to Me. Tell

Me all about it.

 

And say we do fall, we blow it,

and mess up—like so many of His

followers that have slipped, tripped,

and fallen on their way through life’s

journey. Does He ever give up on us?

Of course not. The thought

would never even cross His loving

and forgiving mind.

Then why do we worry and fret?

No matter what decisions I’ve faced

or how daunting they might have

seemed, I can sincerely say that I

have never regretted holding on to

His hand!

  1. See Hebrews 13:5