Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Still I Will Trust

Some days are hand holding days.
I am holding you by your right hand…
Do not be afraid. I am here to help you.”
Isaiah 41:13

I need every word of this verse today.
There are times I sit and think about
secrets and mysteries,
and many days I meditate on
the depths of His love.
But today is about holding His hand.
Fear has been knocking on the door lately,
He knows that and comes to assure me.
“Do not be afraid. I am holding your hand.”
Taking someone’s hand can be
a demonstration of love or
a tender act of compassion.
It connects us on a very personal level.
And He is that personal.

He tells us not to be afraid because
fear is a "go-to" response in trouble--
or perceived trouble.
We have all battled it on some level.
I have entertained it, rebuked it, 
cast it out,  ignored it, and repented of it.
One thing I know for sure:
The Lord did not give me a spirit of fear.
So some days, like today,
I take hold of His hand and walk forward,
rehearsing His goodness and faithfulness.

Even if an army attacks me,
my heart will not be afraid.

Even if war breaks out against me,
I will still trust in God.
Psalm 27:3

Worrying about today strips 
all life out of the day.
Worrying about tomorrow…
well, we won’t even go there.
Wrong on every level.

So many great promises and much
encouragement for the challenges of today.
It was not their own strength that saved them.
It was Your right hand and strong arm
that helped them, for You loved them.
Psalm 44:3

His hand represents His security,
guidance, protection and love.
Today is a hand holding day.
Again I remind myself, though I wish
I could just do it once and forever,
that I will not be fearful of the “what if’s.”
His grace is abundantly sufficient for now.

Be at peace, my heart.
It is the only safe place for you.

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