Holding Hands

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand (John 10:29).

The old song tells us, "I don't know about tomorrow, but I know who holds my hand." There are those times, however, when it would seem that we have forgotten that there is indeed someone who holds our hand. He has promised to be with us. He has been and will always remain to be faithful to His Word. And when He says "I will never leave you, nor forsake you," we can be certain that that is exactly what will be.
If you were to draw a picture of God's hand, what would it look like? I remember a picture that I had seen that depicts a girl swinging joyfully in a swing that is suspended by two ropes. The ends of the ropes are draped over the finger of the Hand of God, and held between His finger and His thumb. In that picture, we see the typical illustration of the Hand of God--it is very large and strong, and it is able to easily be the security and safety of one who trusts in Him. Isn't it amazing that even as so many of us would imagine God's Hand to be large, strong and secure, that we can so often become anxious as though our lives could slip through the fingers of His mighty Hand?
There are many surprises in this life--some good, and some not so good. But perhaps some of the most pleasant surprises are those that would seem as though they should not be surprising at all. For we are often pleasantly surprised when God comes to our aid in time of need, or speaks a gentle, healing word when we are in the midst of sorrow. And we behold His timing, His touch and His tenderness and stand in awe. As well we should, but why is it we seemed surprised? For God so loves us dearly, and what He does for us out of His extraordinary love is never surprising, but simply a natural part of who He is.
As you walk your personal road today, take thought of the strong and secure Hand that is holding on to your hand, and holding on to you. His grip is not as such that you will slip through His grasp. His faithfulness is not as such that He will not remain beside you every step of the way. And none of us walk our paths alone, for He will never leave us or forsake us. Anything we face will not take God by surprise, He already knows what tomorrow holds and has already prepared our way through the days to come.

The Mighty Hand of God,
is strong enough to hold,
the worries of our everyday,
the achings of our soul.
The Mighty Hand of God,
is skilled enough to shape,
our worries and our achings,
in to wondrous cause for praise.


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