Saturday 14 April, 2007                               subscribe | unsubscribe | discuss | archive

 

Hand held

by Bruce Wadd

 

Jacob was excited.  It was his first time at the 'ScienceCentre' – a hands-on science exposition for kids.  In fact, all his classmates were excited, but Jacob was certainly the one almost unable to hold back his exuberance for the new adventure.

 

He was put in my group for a reason.  “Mr. W, I am sure Jacob would like to go with you,” smiled his teacher, with just a hint of intent in her voice.

 

So Jacob and his four mates all joined hands, crouched down, and listened to the ‘rules of engagement’ in this scientific paradise.

 

Things went fine, going from one thing to the next, for a while.  But gradually I noticed Jacob unable to hold back his enthusiasm for being first every time.  His eagerness eventually injured several of his friends by pushing them out of the way.

 

“Jacob, come over here,” I requested sternly.  Immediately he knew it wasn’t good.  “It's time that we walked together, hand in hand,” I instructed.

 

His small hand connected with my big ‘mitt’, and we walked intentionally to the next discovery.  It wasn’t pleasant, a little hand constantly trying to pull away, but I knew it was best for this maturing young man.

 

Do you need a little hand holding by your heavenly Father?  By some of your friends?  To prevent you from running off to your destruction?

 

“...don’t shrug off God’s discipline,

but don’t be crushed by it either.  

It’s the child He loves that He disciplines,

the child He embraces, He also corrects.” 

Hebrews 12:6

 

TODAY, don’t let go of God’s hand!

 

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