I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.
Don’t panic. I’m with you.
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
(Isaiah 41:10, The Message version)
Pulling out of the driveway with my children safely buckled up in the back seat, I glanced over and observed a small group of wiggly children. It was the first day of school, and several parents had gathered on the opposite side of the street, smiling, waving and taking pictures as they waited for the bus.
It was a new school for us, so I decided to drive and ensure my children found their way to the proper classrooms.
Other than a brief introduction with their teachers the week before, my children would arrive without knowing a soul.
We approached the classroom door, and I prayed the day would go well. Then, I left them in the hands of someone I didn’t know.
They were on their own.
I hoped I’d done enough. Taught them enough. Encouraged them enough. Prayed enough. I wished I could stay and help them navigate the school, new relationships and routines.
Reflecting on that moment, it occurs to me that God (thankfully!!) doesn’t operate this way. God does not prepare us for a future and leave us at the classroom door – or the bus stop – with a toothy grin, a flashing camera and an encouraging “Good luck!”
No! We are his precious children who he calls by name and redeemed us from death. Throughout our life journey, He walks in beside us, guides us and hems us in from behind. You might say our Heavenly Father is a bit of a “helicopter parent.” An ever-present help in times of need – always hovering and ready for our call.
Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
(Isaiah 43:1b – 2)
What a comforting truth – especially when you feel like that new kid on the block who has arrived, but uncertain of which direction to go next.
Dear Father, Thank you for tenderly leading me on life’s journey. Your kindness is overwhelming! I don’t need to panic. You are with me. You won’t let me fall or get stuck when I call out to you for help. How I treasure the wisdom you impart to me when I am at a loss for what to do next. Guide my steps today that I may walk in the path that you hand-picked for me with great consideration. Amen.
Ironing it out:
Have you ever felt like God has taken you on a journey and dropped you off? What is your reaction in such times? Feeling overwhelmed, do you tend to panic?
Sometimes He is silent, but He never leaves us. At times like this, what promises do you treasure? I hope you’ll share a few!