Quite a few years ago, when I had barely begun my journey as a volunteer missionary, I was faced with a big decision. I was fretting and fearful and ended up struggling for days with this decision. God eventually answered by giving me a simple illustration.

It was a picture of a little girl holding her father’s hand as they walked. All the while, she was fearfully begging her father to hold on to her: “Daddy, please don’t let go of my hand!” On and on she went, until finally her father stopped, knelt down, and looked straight into her eyes. With a firm but loving voice, he told her that he would never let go of her, that as long as she wanted to stay close to him, he would always lead her and walk beside her.

I got the point and made my decision. There have been many other important decisions to make since then, but when I struggle with fear of the outcome, of making a mistake, or of going astray, this illustration always comes back to me.

Of course, life is full of wrong turns and missteps, and sometimes we zig when we should zag, but we can always return to God’s side and find our way again. He promised to never leave us or forsake us.

On the lonely and rugged mountain trails, He is our companion. On the trek through the desert, when we thirst and feel the dryness of life and wonder when (and if) we’ll find the oasis, He is bringing us closer with each step. When we push through the crowds and confusion of day-to-day life and struggle against endless questions, weariness, and discouragement, He walks beside us and tells us, I’m here. Talk to Me. Tell Me all about it.

And say we do fall, we blow it, and mess up—like so many of His followers that have slipped, tripped, and fallen on their way through life’s journey. Does He ever give up on us?

Of course not. The thought would never even cross His loving and forgiving mind.

Then why do we worry and fret? No matter what decisions I’ve faced or how daunting they might have seemed, I can sincerely say that I have never regretted holding on to His hand!

Matthew 28:18-20 ESV / And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.


Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.


  1. Lidia
    April 18, 2016, 2:09 am   /  Reply

    THanks for having site. I trust will find me the job I need

  2. April 19, 2016, 3:19 am   /  Reply

    There is power in the name of JESUS.

  3. Deanna Lynn
    May 11, 2016, 10:46 am   /  Reply

    Beautiful awesome inspiring story. Exactly what my heart needed to hear. So awesome to know Jesus will never ever forsake us, or abandoned us no matter what we do, say, and done! A Father that truly sincerely understands every part of us inside out!
    Heavenly Father you are amazingly always on time with the exact words that our souls need to hear. Thank you Precious Jesus

  4. Laura Cunningham
    October 14, 2016, 6:53 am   /  Reply

    Thanks for these daily encouragements. LOVE the scripture where He says Hold on to Him and HE will make our way straight

  5. Alfreda Webb
    April 16, 2018, 11:53 pm   /  Reply

    Thank for such a perfect message.

  6. Avis
    April 17, 2018, 6:54 am   /  Reply

    Thank you for this passage. I had some decisions i had to make this weekend. And i didn’t want to make them. I can when i was young girl and i couldn’t wait to grow up. But didn’t know there was so much i didn’t really understand. But i thank God for my mother because i didn’t understand alot of her decisions she had to make. But now having to make grown up decisions, i am learning i have to go to God and also look back at the mistake i made on my own. I thank God.

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