Devotional: Three Squeezes

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For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’  Isaiah 41:13, NIV

I seem to be living in the book of Isaiah lately.  I search for encouragement.  I find myself thinking back to my childhood and the times I was “ascared.”  I was a mama’s girl.  If I was near my mom, I knew I’d be ok. I remember taking her hand to help me feel safe when I was really frightened

We even had a secret code.  She would squeeze my hand 3 times and I would squeeze hers back 3 times.  It was the way we could say, “I love you” without words.  I remember how the fear seemed to melt away.

I read Isaiah 41:13 today, and that memory came flooding back.  God is promising to take me by the hand and tells me “Don’t be ‘ascared,’ I’m here to help you.”

I feel the same sense of relief when I read His words to me.  I am not in this alone. 

Many that I know are going through particularly difficult times right now.  It’s hard, sometimes, to find my own words to encourage them not to give up, to hold on, to trust God.

For each of you who is struggling today, I offer not my words – but God’s.

“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’”

So today, my dear readers and in particular, those of you who are facing mountains that seem too high to climb, or valleys that appear to dark to navigate, I ask you to read those words, hold on to them, and imagine that God Himself is holding your right hand and saying to you, at this very moment:

“Do not fear.  I will help you.”

I cannot claim to know the form this help will take.  But I do trust that it will come.  I trust not only for myself, but for each of you.

Take His words to heart and let them take root and grow there.

Imagine you are holding that mighty hand and squeezing it 3 times.  He loves you.

He’ll squeeze back.

Father God, Thank you that we can be assured of Your love.  Help us to know all we need do is reach out and take the hand that is always offered to us.  Amen and amen.


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