“He holds in his hand the lowest parts of the earth and the mountain peaks belong to him.” Psalm 95:4
Cowboy heroes aren’t just for growing boys. Little girls may hold them in high esteem too. When Roy Rogers was at the peak of his career, my hometown boasted of its own cowboy star – Fred Kirby. I loved him like a favorite uncle. He sang and told stories before “The Little Rascals” aired.
One Christmas, Cowboy Fred made a guest appearance with Santa at a shopping mall near our home. My dad escorted me to the base of the stage where my hero did a mini concert. He played Christmas favorites at the requests of the children. Before closing, he inquired if there was one final holiday favorite. I raised my hand and he singled me up to the stage. With the microphone to my mouth I requested, “He’s Got the Whole World In His hands.” I still recall the raised eyebrows and confused look on his face. Other children began to laugh, but within an instant, he grinned. He stated not only was it a perfect Christmas song but one for all year long. My emotions went from panic and embarrassment to an exhilaration I’ll never forget. He sang and waved the audience on to join him.
The day of my cowboy concert, I knew facts about who God and His Son were. But not until my latter days in college did I understand the depth of their relationship and how it impacted my life, the lives of all mankind. With a plan in His mind, and love in His heart, God formed the universe. He holds the whole world in His hands. He holds us in His hands. When we go through painful experiences, He hasn’t let go of us. When our prayers aren’t answered and the Almighty seems distant, He hasn’t moved. When enemies taunt us, comfort is found in John 10:29 “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” I am secure. As a child I longed for the security of God. As a grown adult I still do.
Today I rest secure. I am held in the hands of an Almighty God who won’t let go!