Even though we might let go of His hand and become bitter, wild, and senseless; Jesus still reaches out for us.
As I’m chasing after him, yelling his name to stop and dragging our 5-year-old daughter with me, I see a truck backing out of a space right where he’s heading. The driver sees the sight heading for his tires and immediately stops just as I grab my son. The sound of the tires squealing scared him and he was balling his eyes out and had his face buried in my neck. I sank to my knees in the parking lot rocking him and thanking God he didn’t get hurt. I pulled him back a bit and looked into his scared, tear stained face and said, “That’s why you have to hold my hand”.
“Hold my hand”! I told our almost 2-year-old son as we crossed the street in the grocery store parking lot. He was going through this “really fun” phase of not wanting to hold our hands. He was wanting to run wild and free everywhere we went. As I grabbed his little, squirmy hand he did his best to wiggle away as was the usual these days for him but I knew all his tricks so he never got away. He was starting to whine and cry, making a scene as all toddlers do when they don’t get what they want. He really started to pull away and his little hand was just sweaty enough that he was able to break free of my grip. He realized he was free and immediately he was on the run!
How many times has this happened to you? How many times have you let go of Jesus’ hand? How many unanswered prayers have you been frustrated over? How many times have you tried to do things your way? How many times have you ran the opposite direction God wanted you to go and ran right into trouble? More times than you would like to admit I’m sure. Psalm 73: 21-22 says “Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant- I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you”. When my toddler son let go of my hand he immediately ran towards a dangerous situation. Like a wild animal, he didn’t want to be held and confined to one area! When we let our hearts become bitter and our actions become foolish we take off in every direction but the one God has laid out for us. We set ourselves up for sin and danger.
Jesus doesn’t just want to come alongside you. Jesus wants to hold your hand. He wants to keep you safe. He wants to grip you tighter when you start to drift. I could not fully protect my son by just having him by my side. He was too tempted to run off in every direction. By holding his hand in mine I knew I could keep him safe, that when he started to pull away I could pull him back towards me. Jesus wants that same relationship with you. For you to trust him enough that you let him take hold of your hand and grip it tight. Psalm 73: 23-24, “Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny”.
Those verses paint such a beautiful picture for us and how desperately we need Jesus. That even though we might let go of his hand and become bitter, wild, and senseless; Jesus still reaches out for us. He takes us by our hand and leads us to our destiny, our future. And that future is full of hope and goodness. (Jeremiah 29:11) Brothers and sisters don’t fight the hand that is holding yours. Let Jesus’ tender yet strong hands take yours and lead you into the destiny that has been appointed to you long before you were even born. Take encouragement and comfort in the knowledge that even if you do start to stray and you end up hurt or scared Jesus will be right there, taking you up in his arms saying “That’s why I told you to hold my hand”.
written by: Krissy Hairston