Give me your hand, and I will help you

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"Give me your hand, and I will help you."

Dan's voice was loving yet firm. He stretched his hand out toward Joseph and urged him to take hold. Joseph's tiny hand lifted and began to slip into his father's.

Crossing the small creek that crossed the trail we had been hiking for an hour was an easy task for Dan. A couple steps and he would clear it with ease. As for Joseph, a four year old boy, it was made more difficult by slippery and unstable rocks. Taking hold of his father's hand would assure his crossing the creek and doing so without soaking his feet.

Before Dan could grasp Joseph's little hand, Joseph pulled away and splashed through on his own. Running ahead, Joseph eventually tripped and fell.

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

We spend our childhood resisting the need to lean on our parents and follow their lead - in much the same way that we resist leaning on the Lord and allowing Him to direct our path.

If life continues down an easily traveled road, we are very unlikely to feel as though we need Him in any way. When employment is going well, our health seems fine and relationships are strong - we seem to be enough. We feel or begin to feel that we are fully capable of handling life.

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Joseph crossed that little creek without the help of his father. If he had taken the time to rely on the strength and firm foundation provided by Dan - he most likely would not have increased in speed and eventually tripped. Yet, he was on his own... doing fine... why not go faster and faster? He had inevitably took on more than he was capable of handling. When he found himself on his knees, he turned to his father. He needed help, direction and comfort.

I am continuously amazed by my children. Amazed by how their natural behaviors and instincts teach me about my own relationship and walk with the Lord. They remind me that when I am beginning to feel strong and independent, I am only steps away from falling to my knees and begging His help, guidance and blessings.

Dan did make his way to Joseph, helped him up and guided him on.  

"Because thou hast been my help,
therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. 
My soul followeth hard after thee:
thy right hand upholdeth me."
Psalm 63:6 -7