The other day I picked Chloe up, and the strangest thing happened: She got scared. Really scared.
When I asked her what the problem was, she told me that she was afraid I was going to drop her.
Now before anyone asks, I have never dropped Chloe. She’s never even so much as slipped from my arms. I hold onto her as tight as I can — after all, she’s a precious treasure. So I’m completely at a loss as to where this fear that I’m going to drop her could come from.
I hugged her just a little bit tighter and said, "Baby, Daddy’s got you. I’ll never let you fall."
She wrapped her arms around me and repeated what I’d said. "Daddy’s got me? Daddy won’t let me fall?"
"That’s right," I assured her.
And that was enough for Chloe
However, each time I pick her up now, she asks me again for confirmation. "Daddy’s got me? Daddy won’t let me fall?"
The constant inquiry might get old to some. I can see where the repeated asking of the same question might wear on the patience of some parents. But it hasn’t with me — so far. The reason it hasn’t is because every time Chloe asks me, it provides me with another opportunity to assure her that yes, I’ve got her and no, I won’t let her fall.
We have the same type of trust issues with our heavenly father sometimes, don’t we? We’re afraid he won’t be there. We’re afraid that if we fall, he won’t catch us. We’re afraid that certain circumstances we face will be beyond even his control.
But he is there. He is constant, never-changing (James 1:17). He holds us in his hands, and he will never let us fall.
We find another promise about our heavenly father’s hands in Scripture. This promise is that nothing can remove us from his grasp. Jesus says in John 10:27-29 that no one can snatch his sheep (that’s us) out of his hand. Then he says that his father is greater than all, and no one can snatch us out of his father’s hand, either.
John 10:27-29 addresses the security of our salvation. So not only are we safe in our heavenly father’s hands for today, we’re also safe in our heavenly father’s hands for all eternity.
Parrish Myers is pastor of Pine Crest Baptist Church in Gainesville. His column appears every other week in Sunday Life.