I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
otherwise they will not come near to you. ~Psalms 32:8-9
My daughter (a new kindergartener) does not like to hold hands. She’s a free spirit. She prefers to walk on her own. Sometimes this is fine. At other times, it gets on my nerves. Oh, like when I need to walk her across the street or keep her from stepping out in front of a bus.
So my non-hand-holding little chick was walking in front of me on the sidewalk as we made our way to her school building this morning. A few paces behind her, I watched her: the crisp navy blue school uniform, blue cable-knit sweater around her shoulders, and her fluffy curly ponytail held in place with a navy blue satin ribbon. I always smile when I see her walking on her own. She’s so independent, even at 5 years old. So sure she is in command of her world that she refuses to accept a hand to hold her on her way.
Well, we walked along and she decided to skip. Then she skipped faster. Then she decided to run. I jogged behind her. But before she could run too far, she tripped on a buckled area of the sidewalk and landed flat on her face.
I don’t have to tell you about the cry she let out as soon as she hit the ground.
She skipped. She ran. She fell. I didn’t force her to hold my hand. But I was right there to pick her up and dry her tears.
I believe that God is this way with us. He watches us. He stays close to us. But he’d never force us to stay by His side. Nevertheless He is right by our side to pick us up, wipe our tears, and hold us close.
That rough fall must have taught my daughter something because after I dusted her off and wiped her face, she grabbed my hand and kept it through the rest of our walk to school.
Beloved, this walk today made me ask myself: Am I also guilty of running too far ahead without holding on to my Father’s hand? Do I need to turn back and grab His hand and never let it go as I walk along life’s pathways?
Are you holding on to His hand today? Do you know how to reach out to the Lord for guidance and protection?