This Is What I've Learned...From Hands

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   “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17 (NKJV)

   Hands. I notice hands. I’m fascinated by all they can do! Hands make many things… art, music, love, and mischief!  And they learn quickly… “ouch,” “oooh,” “ahhh,” “yeah!” Hands…made in the image of God’s. I've felt His hands, you know. I’ve felt them touch my heart, pat my back and yes, even motivate my backside. Hands are amazingly telling… they speak!

   I was on a flight from St. Louis to Los Angeles one afternoon when I happened to notice the hands of a small hispanic lady sitting across from me, silently making the sign of a cross in front of her as the plane took off. During the flight, I saw her hands react every time the plane hit some rough air, sometimes grabbing the arm rests, other times nervously clinging and wringing them. Her hands — well, they said it all. Fear of flying. 

   Then, just as we were about to land, I saw her hands do something absolutely amazing… I watched as her hands opened and turned to face upwards in a silent symphony of praise. Those same hands that had been, only moments before, closed and clinched in tight fists, were now opened in trust and faith… calmed, as if some unseen power were holding her hands, as if God Himself were holding her hands. Well guess what? He was! 

   Hands. Thank you God, for hands. For hands that were made to praise You, for hands that have helped me, for hands that have prayed for me, and especially for those hands that took the nails for me. I hope this verse encourages you to “Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon” your hands…along the way!

   Billy Graham said, “God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.” 

   What are you doing with your hands today?  Are you using them as instruments of love and grace or sitting on them?  Are your hands a reflection of the condition of your heart…closed and clinched; or opened in trust and faith?

   Palms up…“one to receive with, and the other to give with.”

   “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior. Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.” Matthew 7:12 (MSG).

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