I hold on to you. Your powerful right hand takes good care of me.
Grandpa Gene was visiting his son and family in a small, rural northern town. He decided to take a leisurely stroll to enjoy the beauty of nature, then swing by the post office to get the family’s daily mail. Gene’s namesake, five-year-old Gina, came along to keep him company.
As the duo meandered down the street, grandpa pointed out all the beautiful flowers, changing leaves on the trees and many colorful and exciting objects of interest. They enjoyed just being together most of all.
When they came to the point where they must cross the street, grandpa reached for Gina’s hand. Gina protested by jerking her hand to the other side of her body away from grandpa. She had always had an independent streak just like grandpa and she wanted to do show that she was a big girl now and didn’t need him to hold her hand. But Grandpa Gene didn’t want Gina stepping in front of a car or stumbling and falling in the street.
“Gina, you have two choices. Either you hold my hand, or we will return home,” Grandpa Gene instructed. Then taking Gina’s hand in his, grandpa started to cross the street.
Gina jerked her hand away, stamped her foot and said, “wait! I haven’t made my decision yet.”
We have a decision to make ourselves. We can either go our own independent way, or hold the hand of our Protector. God wants an intimate relationship with us just as Grandpa Gene wanted a bonding relationship with Gina.
God will walk beside us during the times when we are exploring, but when there are dangers ahead, we must allow Him to hold our hand. We don’t know what lies ahead and may not understand why he isn’t allowing us to be independent. We must remember that He sees the future and He knows the pitfalls. We must trust Him without questioning why.
Dear Lord, we don’t always know why but we trust you. We give you our all today. We want to stay close to you. We want to walk with you. We want to talk with you. We want to listen to you and your Word. And we definitely want to hold your hand because you know what lies ahead.