Once again I hear my voice calling out to two little ones to hold my hands. My biological baby is 9 years old and very seldom do any of my children (all but the one in double digits now) hold my hand in public any more. Yet, God has blessed us with two little ones for the time being that definitely need to hold your hand when out and about or they will be running around everywhere!! The other morning I came across the following passage:
“Yet I am always with You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me up in glory.” (Psalm 73:23-24)
I have not been able to get this image out of my mind. I picture my Heavenly Father constantly reaching down and holding my right hand with His left as He gives me counsel. His word states He is always with me so I picture the two of us walking side by side taking in His wonderful creation and myself just enjoying being with my Daddy. I imagine us going through the day together as I do the dishes, prepare supper, clean house, do the laundry, teach the children, and just sitting on the backyard swing listening to the birds together. It is a wonderful feeling to want to be with someone and to want to hold their hand. It is during those moments you want to follow them as they lead you.
But then I began to ponder those times when I am holding God’s hand and I look back or to the side and see something that I want to go explore. Sometimes my God agrees as He was secretly hoping to give me the desires of my heart as they matched His all along and we go together. However, there are other times when He says no and gently pulls me back in the direction He is headed. It is in those moments I begin to give some resistance. Does my Heavenly Father let go immediately? No. He just squeezes my hand a little tighter. With that squeeze I sometimes surrender and continue to follow Him. There are however those times I continue to insist on following my own way.
Right before the passage where God says He is holding our hand and that He is leading us, I went back and read the couple of verses before it.
“When I became embittered and my innermost being was wounded, I was stupid and and didn’t understand; I was an unthinking animal toward you. ” (Psalm 73:21-22)
Despite the tighter grip on my hand as a parent tightens down on their own child’s hand to prevent them from running in the street, I pull even harder. I begin to act like and unthinking or wild animal. I begin to throw my temper tantrum. It is often in those times, my God decides to let go of His grip and allow me in His loving discipline to fall to the ground. After, I have cried and realized the scrapes I have made on my hands and knees, He holds out His right hand to me again for me to grab and continue on my journey with Him.
If God is truly always with me and holding my hand, then that means I am either walking with Him and my hand fits loosely in His grip because I am wanting to follow Him and have surrendered to His lead or I am fighting Him and trying to pull away with a tight grip on my hand. My prayer is that I have more days where I am willingly enjoying our walks together instead of battling what is good for me.
There is one last thing about the verses that stirred within my soul. The end of verse 24 states: “…and afterward You will take me up in glory.” This is so comforting to me. After I have journeyed with my God here on this earth, after I have held His hand and walked with Him, He is going to take me up to live in glory with Him forever. Psalm 16: 11 states:
“You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.” (Psalm 16:11)
God does reveal the path of life to me and to all of us if we are willing to surrender to Him. When we do we find abundant joy. How much joy is there when you are trying to pull your hand away from someone who is not letting go of their grip? Not much. But how much joy is there in willingly holding hands and walking down the road of life? Even in the difficult times, it is comforting to feel the hand of the one who loves you, guide and direct you through the dark and trying times in our journey here on earth.
God states in verse 23, God holds are right hand. Which hand does that mean He is using to hold our hand with? His left. Well, who is on His right hand? Jesus Christ!! And as Psalm 16:11 states, eternal pleasures are in His right hand. What a day it will be when we are taken up in glory and are able to fully partake of those eternal pleasures.
My Heart’s Prayer: Lord, I need your guidance today in areas I don’t even know or choose not to acknowledge. Lord, help me to not resist your hand as you lead me but to enjoy you your presence even if we walk in the dark. Lead me on Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.