When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

He Holds My Hand

A friend of mine shared with me this story.  I loved it and thought that I wanted to share it with you.  She was at church when she saw a man with his small son.  The boy was just learning how to walk.  He was holding onto the hand of his father.  But as the father was walking with him, the young boy decided that he wanted to walk all by himself.  He started pulling away from the father's hand.  As his hand slipped out of his father's, he started to have trouble.  His balance was off and he couldn't stay on his own feet.  His Father was still reaching out to him, but the young child did not want to take the offered hand.
Isn't this just like our relationship with our Heavenly Father?  We can have Him with us as we journey through this life.  He is reaching out and holding our hand.  He continues to hold our hand until we (by ourselves) pull away from His grasp.  At that time, He is still reaching toward us and all we have to do is reach out our own hand and clasp His.  It is our choice.  Part of our agency here upon the earth.  We get to choose how we live our lives.  We can try to make it on our own, but without His help, we will stumble and fall.  Or we can reach out and grasp His hand and trust in Him that He will lead us in the way we should go.  Trust that He will help us on our journey home.   He never leaves us, we choose to leave Him.  He never lets go, we choose to pull from His grasp.  He wants to help us home, we choose to stay away. 
So, perhaps the question should be; are you reaching toward Him, or pulling away?  Only you have to power to change your actions.  What are you choosing to do this day?
"...choose you this day whom ye will serve;  whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:  but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord".  Joshua 24:15
On the front door of my house, hanging on the inside for all of us to see as we exit the house, there hangs a sign.  The words were said by William Law a long time ago.  The sign says:  "If you have not chosen the kingdom of God, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead."

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