Articles by Stan Dean

Hold You

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I cannot say that I was not warned. I was told by those who knew from experience. The message is: all your grandkids will be special, but those granddaughters will win their granddaddy's heart before he knows it- - and boy were they right. As my good friend, Joe Quillen, says, “They come here with the goods.”

If you are a grandparent, I am not telling you anything that you do not already know. If you are not, I hope that one day you have the privilege. For then you will fully understand these words that I write (cf. Proverbs 17:6).

One of the favorite things I hear my granddaughter say is, “Hold you, hold you.” When she first starting saying those words I would correct her to say, “Hold me.” Yet, the more that I have thought about it, she may have it right. Obviously, when she utters those words one objective is for me to pick her up and hold her in my arms. But her motive is not always self-centered. In fact, she is so loving and caring; I think I often benefit more than she does. Thus, “hold you” might often be as appropriate as “hold me.”

There is something to be learned in this even with our relationship with God. We often have the desire for God to “hold us” especially in times of doubt and uncertainty. Our appeal is like that of the Psalmist who penned, “Hold me up, and I shall be safe…” (Psalm 119:117). However, God so desires to love and bless us, He is happy for the opportunity to do so.

Notice a few examples of His feelings toward us. In the Old Testament there is reference to His people being the “apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8). In the New Testament we learn it is the desire of God for “all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). Then, what greater demonstration could there be than “God sending His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9)?

Hence, just as you might long for God to “hold you,” remember He also longs for you to let Him!