The title of this painting comes from the book of Joshua in the Old Testament: “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”1 This painting depicts Jesus Christ holding one child in His arm and leading another child to safety across a raging river.
Greg Olsen wrote this poem to accompany the painting:
Like children who have lost their way
Alone and comfortless we wander.
Stumbling through woods that grow deep and ever darker,
With no direction, we cry for help
And hear our pleas echo through the canyons.
Is there anyone who can hear us?
Then, like a rushing wind, a voice whispers to our heart.
And through tear-filled eyes, we see an outstretched hand,
There to lead us home.
Though swirling streams may block our way
And slippery stones betray our feet
He leads us on. He knows the way, His feet are sure,
And in Him we find safe passage.2
Further reading: “Be of a Good Courage”
- Joshua 1:9