My son, Judah, is now walking but when he wants to get somewhere fast – like to the dog dish before mom and dad – his preferred method is to crawl. When he was seven months old he however would prefer to walk instead of crawling. But in order to walk, he had to hold both of our hands.
He was just getting use to using his legs and moving forward but his courage was that we were holding his hands.
The Psalmist paints a similar picture in Psalm 37. Here, he writes that God enjoys every detail of the person who follows Him. He not only directs their steps, but he holds their hand along the journey:
The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
25 Once I was young, and now I am old.
Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
or their children begging for bread.
26 The godly always give generous loans to others,
and their children are a blessing.
27 Turn from evil and do good,
and you will live in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
and he will never abandon the godly.
He will keep them safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will die.
What area of your life do you need to give up trying to direct on your own and let God direct?
Don’t lose sight of the reality that you can have courage any any situation because God is holding your hand as you navigate life.