KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | June 2014

The Father’s Hand

By Melissa Bradshaw

It was a cold winter’s day in Berlin, Germany’s largest city. While I sat in the cozy warmth of the car in which we were traveling, I saw a fascinating scene unfold just a few feet away from me.

A little boy—I’ll call him Heinrich—and his father had been waiting to cross a busy street. Before long, they started out across a pedestrian crossing, but little Heinrich quite obviously noticed something that distressed him. A streetcar was approaching and appeared to be heading straight toward them. Heinrich wasn’t sure the streetcar was going to stop.

Heinrich tightened his grip on his father’s hand, and hesitated to continue crossing. Looking up, he noticed that his father didn’t seem to be at all worried. In fact, he continued to stride confidently across the street quite unconcerned about the rapidly approaching—and very large—streetcar filled with passengers.

Pulling against his father’s strong hand, blond-haired Heinrich started to resist his father’s leading. But there was something the little boy didn’t know. What Heinrich didn’t realize was that his father could see the light that signaled they could safely cross the street. His father knew the streetcar was going to come to a stop before it reached the pedestrian crossing. He could see what his son could not.

Trust is built on love. Have you ever played the game with your father where he stands behind you as you fall backwards into his arms and he catches you? Or maybe you’ve stood on a platform above and your father instructed you to jump into his arms? You know that your father loves you and would not allow you to be hurt, and so you trusted him to catch you.

As you grow closer to your Heavenly Father, through prayer and personal Bible study, your trust in Him will grow. Day by day, you will read His many promises and experience their meaning. Through this, you will know Him more and more.

Just as Heinrich’s father could see the light on the other side of the street indicating that it was safe for them to cross, so your Heavenly Father can see beyond what you are able to see. He sees the big picture.

Even though things around you might seem distressing at time, like the streetcar coming toward Heinrich and his father, you can hold tightly to your Heavenly Father’s hand, walk with confidence, and know that He will get you safely to the other side.

Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”

As you remember your father this Father’s Day (June 15), be reminded that you have a Heavenly Father who is by your side to see you through all of life’s challenges. Take His hand and walk with confidence!

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