When my oldest daughter was about five years old, we went to spend an afternoon at a river. Some of the adults decided to walk out to an island in the middle of the river. My daughter wanted to come out with me. I returned to shore and took her hand. She stepped into the water but held on tightly to a branch on the shore. She was afraid of the river, but wanted to go where I was going. I told her, “You must let go of the branch if you want to come.” She said that she was afraid that she would sink. “I have your hand. You won’t sink, and if you start to, I will lift you up.”
Fearfully, she let go of the branch. I knew the water was just over waist deep, and I guided her feet to each rock. When we began, she had no confidence, but she stepped on the rocks I guided her to. With each step, she gained more confidence until she was eagerly reaching for each stone, and soon we reached the middle.
I looked back and realized that this is exactly how God deals with me. Psalm 37: 23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
Contributor: Eddie Snipes