The other day we ventured out to undiscovered territory…actually it was just a trail that we had never been on before. That means that there were all sorts of new smells, sights, and sounds for my dog…she was somewhere completely unfamiliar to her. But there was one thing that was familiar to her…me! While she was someplace she had never been before, she was with someone who she had been with before. All she had to do was follow along with me and I would take care of her.
I was the one leading her along this new trail…I was the one looking out for anything that needed to be avoided (bugs, bushes, and the like)…I was the one that knew where the end was and how to get there. She was the one who was walking with me…relying on me to be the leader…relying on who I am.
I started thinking of the times when I don’t know where I am going…when things look unfamiliar (or hopeless or confusing). When everything around me almost looks as if it is in darkness, there too is Someone there with me. And He asks, “Will you walk with me into the darkness?” He simply says, “Take my hand and walk with me, keeping your eyes on me.”
He is the One leading us…He is the One looking out for anything along the way…He is the One that knows where the end is and how to get there. We are to follow…trusting in His Goodness…trusting in who He is. While the trail may be unfamiliar, He is what remains familiar. He simply asks us to feel His hand in ours and let Him lead us. As long as we don’t let go, there is nothing to fear…because we are with Him and He won’t give us anything that we can’t handle.
 See Fr. Michael Gaitley, Consoling the Heart of Jesus.