Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
Like a child guided by her father as she learns to take her first steps;
Round and round she goes; one step by little step;
Every inch filled with joyous giggles and excitement;
Followed by footprints imprinted with the weight of love and the security such love brings.
Even as she explores and encounters the dangers laid out in front of her; to entice her, lure her and ultimately hurt her;
Her father’s strong arms and firm grip do not cease to hold her; eveready to catch her when she falls;
His heart posed to sacrifice himself if necessary; just to protect his very beloved princess.
Such is the love of the Father for His princes and princesses; so strong and filled with security;
Fuelled by His faithful assurance to never leave us nor forsake us.
This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”