Holding my Daddy's Hand

Bible Reading: Isaiah 41:11-29; 42; 43:1-7

"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you" (41:13).

"The Lord says, 'I, the Lord, called you to do right, and I will hold your hand and protect you" (42:6).

"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them" (42:16).

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior" (43:1-3).

I can still remember how good it felt, as a small child, to reach up and take the hand of my Mom or Dad whenever I was in an unfamiliar place. Holding my parent's hand, I felt safe and secure... confident, brave, protected and loved. Without a hand to hold, I felt afraid, alone and vulnerable.

When I need to feel God's presence, I reach up into the air and picture myself taking hold of my Father's outstretched hand. I listen for his familiar voice tenderly calling out my name. As I imagine looking up into his reassuring eyes, I can hear, in my heart, his words of comfort, "Do not fear; I will help you." I form a mental image of me and Jesus, walking side-by-side, with my hand in his. I feel like a child again; he seems about twelve feet tall! As we walk, my fears melt away and he gives me strength and courage to face life's challenges and changes. As he guides me along unfamiliar paths, he shines a light at my feet and smoothes out the rough places. When the path is wiped away by flood and fire, I cling tightly to his hand as he carefully leads me through treacherous rivers and flaming forests. I have nothing to fear as long as I keep my hand in his. He is the Lord, my God, the Holy One of the universe, my Savior. I am his!