Joel, Beth, Matt, and myself were visiting friends in the Canadian bush that summer of 1973. We had rented a tent camper and were spending a week at their Christian camp in the bush country. It was a sunny day when we set out to explore, using canoes to paddle our way. We stopped to eat our picnic lunch on a large rock area. After eating, our son Matt, age 2, went to play by the water. Suddenly he fell in and I ran as fast as I could to the water. He had already disappeared, so I reached down into the water searching, and found his long hair. I grabbed hold, pulling hard to get him to the surface. I don't think I stopped shaking for the rest of the day.
Matt age 3
It seems that this lovely picnic sight, with the beautiful water and level rock surface was the top of what continued to be a cliff underneath where currents ran strong. He was being pulled underneath into an area where we could not reach him when I grabbed him by that thick mop of hair. How thankful we were that my wariness around water got me to Matt in record time....how grateful we were that Matt's thick blonde hair gave me something to grip when I wrestled with the current to bring him back to the surface and into my arms. Only God.
A good analogy of how God cares for us, don't you think? We believe we are in a good place and everything looks great, but there is danger hidden from us.....yet not from God. He knows what is coming and He keeps His eye on us. He has a "firm grip" on us as we read in the book of Isaiah. Our Papa God, as a loving parent, watches over us, often rescuing us when necessary.
"Do not be afraid, neither be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
"I'll give you strength. I'll help you.
I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."