Reaching Out and Taking "THE
Once upon a time, we were all little ones. We knew that
nobody could protect us like our parents. Hugs were great! Kisses
from Mom and Dad were sweet and comforting.
But when it was time for a bit of independence, when we needed reassurance
not shelter, we were offered a hand. Sometimes we needed the hand
to stabilize a fragile sense of balance, other times it was there
to keep us from exploring more of the world (read that traffic) than
we were ready for. Mom and Dad knew when to hold loosely (making
us feel free) and when to clamp down (like they really knew where
we wanted to roam).
In the Old Testament there are many examples of God letting his children
let go of his hand and go adventuring. Seems he is always holding
his hand out to be taken back (His Grace), but there seems, all too
often, to be a lack of interest in holding fast to His guidance.
How do we hold God's hand? By realizing that all we have is a gift
from our Heavenly Father. By believing in Him and accepting his son
Jesus Christ as our Savior! To believe, really believe, that
by living the Christian Life, is to hold God's hand! He is never
more than arm's length away. Try praying sometimes with your arms
outstretched above your head, like a little one waiting to be picked
up, to make yourself realize how vulnerable we all are without Him.
During the wintertime Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, Jesus was
asked by a group of Jews gathered around him "How long will
you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."
In John 10:25 Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you did not
believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, but
you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen
to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal
life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of
my hand. My father, who has given them to me,is greater than all,
no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father
NO ONE CAN SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY HAND." "NO ONE CAN SNATCH
THEM OUT OF MY FATHER'S HAND." WOW THAT IS POWER!!!
If you don't let go - God and Jesus won't either. If you do slip
away - They will wait for you to return and take the hand that
is always there.
How's your grip? Can you lend a hand to a friend? Can you lend a
hand to a stranger?
Spend some time this week working on YOUR GRIP!!!
Bless you all, John