Hold My Hand


When my kids were very young and we went somewhere, as we got out of the car I would remind them to hold my hand. I knew how quickly little bodies can dart out in front of moving vehicles before even noticing that they are there. It was in their best interest to hold my hand so I could keep them safe.

Sometimes they wouldn’t complain, but my request was often met with objections. Whining, fussing, sometimes downright obstinance. They would stamp a foot and cross tiny arms and tell me they could do it on their own. But in the end as I waited, they would lift up their pudgy little fingers to be placed in my grasp, then off we would go.

They were too young to understand yet, but their limited view between the cars in the parking lot made it impossible for them see all that was around them. I had a much clearer view of what might be coming just around the corner, and so we could wait or move ahead based on what I could see. They just needed to stay close, hold my hand, and listen to me.

This is how I believe our Heavenly Father wants us to walk with Him. We have a very limited view of the world and what dangers are out there just waiting to rain down on us. We are impulsive and might go after something shiny and new that we see without noticing what’s coming just around the corner.

God wants us to hold his hand. To stay connected. To listen to His instructions.

He has the omniscient view and can see clearly what is ahead in our lives. He knows our temperaments and how hard it is for us to be obedient when we think we can do something on our own. But He knows better. He wants to keep us safe.

As my kiddos grew older, they learned to stop and look both ways before moving ahead. They gradually became more independent, more aware of potential dangers around them, and more able to make safe decisions for themselves. They no longer needed to hold my hand.

Here is where the comparison ends. Because we will never be able to do life well on our own. We won’t ever be aware of all the potential hazards and pitfalls that may lie just ahead of us. We will always need the kind of safeguard that comes with staying closely connected to our Father and listening for His voice telling us when to move and when to wait.

So, after a bit of whining, stomping feet and crossing arms, I’m ready to lift my hands in submission to the One who keeps me safe. How about you?

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Colossians 3:12-14 

Main Categories

Recent Articles

Blessings

5 Good Things

When we are going through the difficult seasons of life, or just a particularly exhausting day, is it hard to stop and think of the blessings God has given us?

Read More »
Christian Life

How to Have the Best Filter

If you’ve scrolled through Instagram and have seen a picture of someone who has flawless skin, bright, white teeth, and gleaming sunshine reflecting off their shiny hair, their photo was probably enhanced with a filter.

Read More »
Christian Life

Where is God?

It’s an unsettling world we live in today. Do you feel this way sometimes? Where is God in all this?

When I get entangled in the web of endless confusion that is life today, I try to take a step back and see the big picture.

Read More »
Christian Life

To Be Content

Sometimes there are valid reasons to make changes in our lives. As Christians, the Holy Spirit might stir something within us to relocate or change career paths.
Other times we feel that there’s something better “out there”. They call it FOMO – Fear of Missing Out. How can we learn to be content?

Read More »
Christian Life

Martha, A Commentary

This post is a Commentary on Luke 10:38-42 by Mary Elizabeth Baxter (1837-1926), from her book,THE WOMEN IN THE WORD,
A Few Simple Hints from Bible Portraits of Women.

Luke states “As they went, He entered into a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house.”

Read More »
Christian Life

A New Wardrobe

In Colossians 3, Paul talks about our new life in Christ. He tells us that we are to take off the old nature that was led by worldly desires. In place of that, we are to “clothes ourselves” with our new nature. And he lists these items of spiritual clothing in Colossians 3:12-14.

Read More »
Subscribe to J2G

Subscribe to J2G

Join the J2G Community to receive the latest posts and resources from Journey to Grateful.

You have Successfully Subscribed!