When God Holds Our Hand

When God Holds Our Hand

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I am the Lord your God. I am holding your right hand. And I tell you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13, ICB

The International Children’s Bible version of Isaiah 41:13 captures the tone of God’s voice talking to His child, the gentleness of a father leaning down, taking the small, trusting hand into his own strong one, and making shaky steps of fear firm with faith. Can you see Him in your mind’s eye?

Our family likes to vacation in a house in the mountains right by a creek. One morning as I sat on the porch sipping coffee and watching my children play among the boulders in the stream, my daughter suddenly cried out in distress, her wails of terror causing squirrels to scatter.

She stood on the opposite bank of the creek, having bravely made her way across over slippery rocks and through the foamy water. What had started as a fun adventure had become a trap. She was terrified to make the trip back. Eyes wide with fear, she stretched a trembling hand toward me, begging for help to cross back to the security of my side of the creek.

I gladly took that sweet hand and added my strength to her weakness, my faith to her fear. And she made it quickly across the water.

How much more our Father in heaven gladly takes our hand, adds His strength to our weakness, His mighty faithfulness to our fear. And we will make it safely across the fear that causes our eyes to widen and our legs to tremble.

Dear Lord, please take my hand and help me face my fear today.  Amen.

About Audrey Frank

Audrey Frank is an author, speaker, and storyteller. The stories she shares are brave and true. They give voice to those whose words are silenced by shame, the hard things in life that don’t make sense, and the losses that leave us wondering if we will survive. Her upcoming book, From Shame to Honor, is an outpouring of Audrey’s heart to introduce others to the God of Instead. You can also find Audrey at her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

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