Holding Jesus’ Hand

Laura McFarlin

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” ~ Psalm 16:8

When I was a kid, I used to pretend that I was holding Jesus’ hand. I would sit in church or at home with my arm extended and my palm up, and could almost feel Jesus holding my hand. I knew that God was always with me and I took comfort in that knowledge.

In February this year, I joined the staff of South Tulsa as the Student Ministry Associate. Leading up to my call into ministry, the word God kept bringing to me was “uncomfortable.” Comfort often leads to complacency and I knew what was coming would bring the discomfort that comes with growth.

Three weeks into joining the student ministry, COVID-19 hit the United States. The Belize mission trip was canceled and the summer calendar was wiped clean. Many of us entered a season of discomfort where predictability and the illusion of control were stripped away. During this time, I was reminded of James 4:15 which says, “Instead you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” I was driven to evaluate areas in my life where I need to decrease and my dependency on God needs to increase.

There is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson which says, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” None of us know what the second half of 2020 will bring, but we can take comfort in knowing that our God does, and with Him by our side, we will not be shaken.

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand

-Lyrics from“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”

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