Please Hold Me
The appeal of a small child and the look from a troubled countenance can move a grown man to respond in tenderness. Although we see many horrific acts daily on the news, most people have a soft spot in their hearts for a wounded animal, a hurting child, or an accident victim that is in peril. At that moment, other urgent demands are set aside to respond to a more immediate need that moves the heart of the person seeing the need. The appeal, whether spoken, conveyed through a look of despair or fear, or seen as an emergency, causes swift response from the heart of compassion of the one witnessing such a cry for help.
In his book, “The Necessity of Prayer,” Dr. E. M. Bounds tells a story that had been told to him by a contemporary of his, A. C. Dixon. The story he told is the following:
“”A dear friend of mine who was quite a lover of the chase, told me the following story: ’Rising early one morning,’ he said, ’I heard the baying of a score of deerhounds in pursuit of their quarry. Looking away to a broad, open field in front of me, I saw a young fawn making its way across, and giving signs, moreover, that its race was well-nigh run. Reaching the rails of the enclosure, it leaped over and crouched within ten feet from where I stood. A moment later two of the hounds came over, when the fawn ran in my direction and pushed its head between my legs. I lifted the little thing to my breast, and, swinging round and round, fought off the dogs. I felt, just then, that all the dogs in the West could not, and should not capture that fawn after its weakness had appealed to my strength.’ So is it, when human helplessness appeals to Almighty God. Well do I remember when the hounds of sin were after my soul, until, at last, I ran into the arms of Almighty God.” (Copied).
When we are in trouble, our Heavenly Father sees our need, knows our desperate plight, and responds swiftly to strengthen, encourage, and help us. We know that we can “cast our cares on Him because He cares for us”. He is not like a “genie in a bottle” that grants our every wish. Rather, He is the Sovereign of the Universe who rules with mercy. He does what is best for us always. He does what is in agreement with His perfect will. His strong arm strengthens us. His Holy Spirit fills us. His Son and our Savior is ever interceding for us. His presence comforts and encourages us in times of our greatest fears. I love these lyrics which remind me of God’s love…
I feel the touch of hands so kind and tender
They’re leading me in paths that I must trod
I’ll have no fear for Jesus walks beside me
For I’m sheltered in the arms of God
So let the storms rage high, The dark clouds rise.
They don’t worry me. For I’m sheltered safe within the arms of God
He walks with me and naught of earth shall harm me
For I’m sheltered in the arms of God. Dottie Rambo