“A person’s fear sets a trap for him,
but one who trusts the Lord is safe.”
Fear has been a core theme of my life, unfortunately! When I think of a fearful person, the picture I get is of someone looking all over the place for the “danger” they fear. Up, down, side-to-side, head ducking down, shoulders and arms held close for protection, and a serious crick in the neck. Basically, trying to make yourself small and least noticable as possible.
On the other hand, Trustis a very different image. Trust isn’t focused on the ground, or making yourself “small.” Trust looks toward the goal and keeps moving ahead, step by step. Not foolishly nor carelessly nor even very confidently, perhaps. But just enough courage to take the next steps . . . one at a time.
Sign language for the word “TRUST” is that of one hand above, one hand below, palms coming together in a clasp. God’s Hand extended toward mine, my hand moving up into His, open and empty, ….until our hands meet and clasp…like a child holding Daddy’s hand.
When we are looking all around us, eyes darting to see any possible danger, we’re not focusing on the goal of our journey. If our hands are full of all the items that we think will help us be safe, we don’t have our hand free to grab onto His. Being preoccupied with being safe may be the very distraction that causes us to miss what was actually the goal.
I remember one very dark night in the desert (no electrical lights existed) I was walking, having come from a very upsetting situation. So absorbed in my emotional turmoil, I took a step into “nothing”, and landed in a very dark, very large, deep hole. A strong man’s hand reached down to find mine, and pulled me up onto solid ground. In the blackness of the night, I couldn’t see anything, but that strong hand brought me out of the dark pit and onto solid ground.
Whose Hand are you holding? It isn’t possible to hold a Hand from a distance….you can only be an arm’s length away. Stay close to Him. Hold His Hand, and never let go!!