“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13
Years ago when my oldest niece was about 4-5 and my second oldest was maybe 3, I was babysitting them for my sister one day and took them out for a walk. My sister lives in the country, and the girls wanted to take their little wagon with us. As we were coming back home up the country road, there were big pot holes full of water from a recent rain. I reached for my oldest niece’s hand to help her navigate the potholes, and my youngest had her hands full trying to pull the wagon. The younger one looked up and said, “Help me, Aunt Danna”, as she struggled with the wagon. The older one said, “I can do it myself!”, and she pulled her hand out of mine and walked on ahead of us. In short order my little independent one took a nasty tumble into one of the potholes, quickly looking back to see if her mishap was noticed.
As I evaluated the situation, looking ahead to what had just taken place, then at my side to see the little one patiently pulling the wagon, content with my hand beside hers, I thought of my walk with God. How often do I pull my hand from His in self-confidence? And how does His heart of love long to help me avoid the consequences? How many nasty falls would He have helped me to avoid in my life? All of them!!
It is my prayer for myself and for my friends and family that we will learn to allow the Lord to fulfill the beautiful promise above from Isaiah 41: 13. God bless you!