I was on a plane yesterday flying to Florida. Behind me sat a father with his two small children. The boy seemed excited to be on the plane and kept looking out the window. He would tell everyone to “look how high we are” and “now were turning.” Being a former “white-knuckled” flier myself, I am sure that his announcements didn’t sit too well with some of the people on the plane who just wanted the ride over with and to be back on solid ground again.
But as he made his announcements, his sister just sat between him and her father and never said a word.
I started to fall asleep when I heard this little voice from behind me say “Dad, I’m scared.” Her father told her that there was nothing to be scared about.
She was quiet for another minute or two and then she said again “but Dad I’m scared.”
Then in this meek little voice, in which you could hear her anxiety, she both said and asked at the same time “Daddy? Hold my hand?”
How many times have we been in the same position as this little girl? It doesn’t have to be a plane ride that we are scared or worried about. We can be scared or worried about anything at any time; nonetheless, we all have times when we have that little voice inside of us that would like to say “Hold my hand.”
We may no longer have our parents to hold our hands when we are scared. We may now be the person that is asked to hold someone’s hand to comfort them. We may need to be strong for others.
No matter how strong we are in our effort to comfort others, there are times when the scared child lives inside of us.
In those times who do WE, the strong ones, turn to for our comfort?
We turn to God.
God’s own words tell us::
“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.” Isaiah 41:13
God wants to hold our hand and comfort us. All we need to do is ask for His comfort and then take His hand.
When we got off the plane in Florida, I saw the little girl reach up and take her fathers hand again. This time not for comfort but, rather, as an unspoken “Thank you daddy. I love you.”
So, like that little girl, after you have taken God’s hand in comfort, take His hand once again to tell Him thank you and that you love Him.