Safe Hands

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

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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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But as for me …

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

I have been reading the Psalms a lot recently. I’ve read all about what he did and who he was through other books of the Bible, but through the Psalms we get to hear his heart. It seems to me he did it pretty tough for a king a lot of the time.

But the thing that strikes me, is that no matter how far down in the pit he was, he ended every song or prayer with hope. “I will yet praise the Lord,” or, as in this Psalm, “As for me, I trust in You.”

I think we can learn from this, because it is so easy for us to strike a difficult patch and fall into a pity party. We forget all the good things He has done in our lives and begin to complain. In fact through the Psalms, David seemed to do the same at times — begging God not to forget him, questioning why he should suffer so — but he always turned it around by the end of the Psalm.

Even when he was losing battles…

Even when he was under the weight of guilt for adultery/murder…

Even when his friends turned against him…

Even when he was the subject of mockery…

Even when the king (Saul) wanted to hunt him down and kill him…

Even when he felt like he was having no impact on the world around him…

Even when his kingdom was falling apart…

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In everything, he learned to turn it all over to God and trust in Him. He went into his private place, sang his woes out to the Lord and let the God of peace sustain him and give him hope.

What struggles do you face today? Trust them into the Lord’s hands – they’re safe hands. Allow Him to sustain you. God bless. 🙂

Published in: on 25th October, 2011 at 4:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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