I Will Uphold You

As I drove to the marina one day, I slowed down for a four-way stop behind one other car. Movement on my right side caught my eye. A man and a little girl on bikes, approached the corner on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street from me, which I assumed was a father and daughter. The girl’s bike was decorated with pink handlebar streamers and basket, which matched the various pink articles of clothing she wore. The happy little girl was around six years-old, and seemed wobbly on a two-wheeled bike.

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She gained speed coming down the incline in the sidewalk, passed her dad, oblivious to danger as she coasted toward the street. The father called out, but it seemed the little girl forgot how to stop the bike. When it looked like she was going into the road, he peddled with great speed and force to get in front of her, to place his body between his girl and the nearest car. He stopped his daughter, let his bike fall, and pulled her back to safety in a grassy area.

Something about this incident impressed me, and my eyes teared up. The love was obvious as the father laid his life on the line for his daughter.

Thankfully, all the drivers at that busy corner were paying attention and drove slowly or stopped. Otherwise, the outcome could have been tragic.

As each of us continued on our various treks, I glanced over at the dad and daughter. He helped her get situated on her bike again, adjusted her helmet, and calmly looked her in the face without scolding.

The girl and her father reminded me of how Jesus saved His beloved children. He willingly put himself between us and sin and gave his life on the cross to redeem us. God’s plan was to send a Savior for us, to defeat our enemy, Satan, and his evil schemes. Jesus put himself in harm’s way, to the point of death, to carry out God’s plan of redemption. He provided a way when there seemed to be no way and displayed His great love for His children.

God does this for us today too. When we experience danger, stress, sickness, depression, or anxiety, God provides the Holy Spirit to be our comfort through the rough times. He upholds us with His right hand, and never leaves our side.

Isaiah 41:10 – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

 

About Myrna Folkert

Myrna is an author who desires to use her gifts to glorify God. She's created this blog to tell stories of her childhood, musings about life, motherless daughters, grief and loss, faith in God, her family history, and facts about the Long QT syndrome. She also has a hearing condition called Tinnitus. Doing interviews with motherless daughters like herself are of great interest. Join in discussions by following this blog and commenting. She would love to hear your stories about life. Myrna is a Christ follower, wife, mother, sister, friend, aunt, and cousin. She was an elementary school teacher for 27 years; now works in her church, and a few other volunteer activities such as Hospice doing "Life Reviews" and Vigils. Myrna loves to read, write, listen to music, go to concerts, and take pictures. Her favorite pastime is boating with her husband near the beautiful shores of West Michigan.
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14 Responses to I Will Uphold You

  1. Jan Lubbers says:

    So true Myrna. Thanks for sharing that amazing visual of God’s love for us!

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  2. Carol Vander Poppen says:

    You were in that place to tell that story (so well) to remind us of what Jeausu did for us!

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  3. ellagetz says:

    Thank you, Myrna. That was a powerful example of Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us !

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  4. Jan says:

    I just love reading your posts! They are beautifully written and so insightful. You remind me that every moment in every day holds a story worth sharing. I’m so glad you share yours!

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  5. Dear Myrna, what a beautiful illustration of God’s loving kindness.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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  6. lois blanchard says:

    Dear Myrna: Continuing to love your writings. These short comments on everyday happenings are with us everyday, but do we usually think about them as God’s lessons for that moment? Love & prayers for more. Aunt Lois

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    • Hi Aunt Lois! You’re a gem for reading and commenting. You are always very encouraging for me. That’s right, we really have to open our eyes and ears to things the Holy Spirit wants to teach us every day!

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  7. Rosemary says:

    Loved this article. You have such a compelling way of writing about the character of God. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Thank you.

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