“Daddy, I’m so scared.” Trying to be brave, trying not to cry, the little one shook in his arms.
“It’s okay. I’m right here.” He gripped her tight against his chest. “I know the way. I’ll get you through.”
The night was so very dark, the way was so very difficult, the water so very deep, desperate to stay safe, she clung to him. “But what if I can’t hold on?”
“Oh, little one, even if your grip let’s go, I won’t ever let you go.” His strong arms wrapped tight around her.
In the torrent of wind, rain, and rising water, she screamed as her hands were torn from his back. She couldn’t see him, couldn’t feel him, yet his grip never let go, and never failed.
The father sat her safely on the shore and knelt in front of her. “Little one, always remember, I will never leave you or forsake you, I will always bring you safely through, and I will be with you forever.”
Hold on to God, and even when you can’t hold on, He will never let you go and always bring you safely through.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. … Do not be afraid, for I am with you” (Isaiah 43:2, 5, NIV).
For, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1, NASB).
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NLT).
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV).
“…I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20, AMP).
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