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A Comforting Hand

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you & help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

Tonight, I had the pleasure of hanging out with my usual Wednesday night buddies. They both have an intense liking for mac-n-cheese, race cars, coloring books, and Paw Patrol. They like to drive me nuts but then win me over with their adorable smiles. My little buddies just turned six, and I enjoy hanging out with them more than I do most people my own age. (Kidding, love you guys).


Just like every Wednesday evening ritual with the little guys, they hopped into bed after getting cleaned up and snuggled up in their jammies. I took my usual spot in the middle, and held my hand out for the book they chose to close out their night.


Tonight, it was a book about a dog who couldn't stop farting.


Lovely.


You guys seriously, I wish I was kidding. I'm not. I think Betty and Billy were the main characters in it- look it up. Or save yourselves, and don't. Whatever floats your boat.


ANYWAYS.


The boys know the rules. Once the book is closed, lights go out. Usually, they had no problem crawling under the covers and closing their eyes following story time.


However, this particular night was different for one of the twins.


He seemed rather restless. Ever so slightly, I shifted my body as to not wake the other, and did my best to peek over at him to see what the issue was.


"Danielle, it's so dark in here. I'm really scared," he trembled, sitting straight up.


I was shocked. Although the lights were out, there was a good amount of light shining in from the hallway and the kitchen. The room could just barely be described as dark.


I tried to soothe him by telling him it was okay and that I was right there with him.

What he said next melted my heart.

"Okay, but will you just hold my hand?"


Without an ounce of hesitation, I reached for his tiny fingers and allowed them to wrap themselves around mine. His body relaxed and his eyes closed.


Even though I assured him verbally that I was there next to him and he had nothing to be afraid of, he seemed to need a physical reassurance to know that I wasn't lying and to feel peace so he could get some rest.


Immediately, I connected this to my own life. There are so many times where I allow fear to grip me so immensely, that I cannot see any sort of light at the end of the dark tunnel. Like my little buddy, I get blinded to any source of light that may be in my life. He couldn't see the kitchen light that poured into the room. Instead, he focused on the darkness that seemed to captivate his surrounding. Naturally, I seem to do this almost daily.


And I'm sure you do, too. It's easy to allow fear to creep in and trick our minds into thinking that we are in complete darkness and there is no source of light remotely close, or anyone there to help us out of it.




This is when we need to reach out, and remember that our Jesus is here with us.




Just as the little boy turned and needed to hear my voice and grip my hand, we need to call out and remember that Jesus is right next to us, holding onto us with His right hand.


How can I be so sure? His scripture says so, over and over again. There are countless scriptures that remind us that God never leaves us or forsakes us. He is always with us, we just have to choose to remember this. Once we do, we will find peace in our heart knowing that He will bring sources of light to our life. No matter what dark situation or place we seem to be in, He is our light, and He will bring us into that light, if we just choose to continue to hold onto Him.


"I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body will also rest in hope, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence." Acts 2:25-28

Although I could not be a physical source of light to my little friend, I could see the light, and I have the knowledge to know that if he just closes his eyes and falls asleep, he will wake up to a shining sun that will light up his entire room. The darkness that is gripping him with fear is only temporary. It will certainly not be that way forever.


Jesus does the same for us. He knows what is coming in our life. He sees the joy and the peace that will come over us, if we just learn to hold onto Him. He sees the light at the end of the tunnel. He will help us remember His promises to us & remind us that He is Lord of all and can do ANYTHING.


You may feel scared today because you don't know what's coming next. You may have lost all hope because you feel like there's nothing left. You may be going through a great time in life, but still deal with anxiety over what may happen to you. You might feel like you're completely worthless and there's no one left that cares.


Well, I'm here to tell you: there's hope.


You are never alone.


God is with you ALWAYS.


Even if you feel like He has left you, know that He is always holding you. Sometimes, He stays quiet so that we learn to truly and fully trust Him. Sometimes, He's trying to strengthen our faith. Sometimes, He simply wants us to reach for Him desperately.


Today, I urge you to cast away fear.


Fear is a liar. Fear is a destroyer. Fear is of the enemy.


It can have control of you no more.


Speak the words out loud. Speak against them. Speak God's word that says that He is with you and hold onto Him. Wrap your tiny hand around His big, mighty hand, and allow His peace to cast away any worry or anxiety that is gripping your heart.


Do not allow darkness to take you prisoner. You do not belong to it.


You belong to a loving, merciful & all-powerful God.


xoxo

-danielle



PS- Sorry for the late post. This is what happens when you chug a

Starbucks latte at 8:30 PM!


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