Whit’s End: Holding On

I’m learning a lot about kids from being around my nephew.  We recently went on vacation with him and I have to say, year after year, I’m learning more and more.  In the picture below, you’ll see illustrated one major lesson I learned this year: you can NOT take your eyes off them for a second.

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Nolan was out to eat with the girls and found the ocean a little TOO interesting.  As he got close and leaned over, Katie snatched the back of his shorts in case he decided to try and get the full experience (Thanks, Ashley, for snapping this photo).

It encourages me as I look at this to remember that God doesn’t take his eye off us for a second.  His hand is there, holding on to us, as we lean into the interesting but sometimes dangerous moments of life.  I love Psalm 119.116,

Uphold me according to thy promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!

God has promised to walk with us, to be our God, and to see us through life.  Being a pastor and a bird lover, of course I would like this song, but His Eye is on the Sparrow fits nicely here:

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Know that God is watching you.  Lean over like Nolan from time to time and take in life for what it is???an experience.  But know, too, that God’s hand will uphold you.  He may have to snatch the back of your shorts sometimes, but it’s for your own good!  Have a great week.

Rev. Whit R. Martin
Pastor, New Liberty United Methodist Church
www.newlibertyumc.orgwww.facebook.com/newlibertyumc

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