Safe Hands

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” [Proverbs 3:5 NIV]

Photo by Antonio Jiménez Alonso

Many of us (particularly in Australia) are sending our children back to school this week. I don’t know about you, but this year seems harder than most. One of my children is entering high school for the first time, a whole new world for her. Another of my children has been struggling with facing her middle years at primary school.

As a mother, it is easy to worry. I worry about them making good friends, about whether they’re being influencers or followers. I worry about how others will treat them. I worry about them settling in and enjoying their year. I’m not always confident about leaving them to the care of others. If I ‘lean on my own understanding’, I could be a mess, and I think my kids would pick up on that and in turn it would increase their own levels of anxiety.

So, what do I do? I repeatedly hand them over to my Father in heaven, who knows what’s best for them, and has them in his eyesight twenty-four seven. I can trust them to Him. They are safe in His arms.

I am reminded of a favourite movie of mine, called “A Hazard of Hearts”. The heroine discovers all the dark secrets of the hero’s family, and he finds out she knows. He takes her hand in his. “Such small hands to hold the honour of Mandrake,” he comments while brushing his thumb over her hand. “They’re safe hands,” is her reply.

Although we cannot see the Lord, He has very big hands. The bible does say He holds us in His hands (see Ps 19:10). Even though we cannot see His hands, or even feel them, they are safe hands.

So, today, I choose to put my family in His hands. How about you?

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” [Psalm 55:22 NIV]

Published in: on 31st January, 2012 at 6:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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