Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.
- Emily Kimbrough
When I think of this quote, I think of compassion and strength. We all stumble in some way or another, either when a a burden becomes to heavy to bear or when something tempting is thrown in our paths. Sometimes we stumble and don't hit the ground, other times we stumble and fall flat on our faces with scrapes and scratches as our witness to the world of our fall.
Going hand in hand through this journey of life sure makes those falls easier to take. As christians, we must take turns helping each other up. We must be quicker to offer a hand through life than a judgment on someone else's misfortune. As Ecclesiastes says:
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. (Ecc 4:9-10)
Hand in hand is a comfort, isn't it? I can't think of how many times I have gained strength from a friend simply through the touch of her hand. I'm sure you've felt the same. Have you been liberal in offering yours to others? Did you know that God's hand is outstretched to take your tiny hand in His? In our deepest despair, He is there.
For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (Isaiah 41:13)
And this is the best part of all. No matter where we are, no matter who is not around, God is there to calm our fears, help us cope and hold our hands. Thank You, Lord, for being there with us every step of the way.