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
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
- See Hebrews 13:5