Hands......though small in comparison with the rest of our being, are significant beyond measure. No matter how small, how large, how manicured or how calloused, hands are a powerful tool. From the moment we're born our hands take on an important roll in our life. A tiny baby wraps it's little fingers around it's mother's and the process begins.
As a child is nurtured and cared for, it's ability to learn swings into action. The tiny fingers that once held on to mommy's have ventured out to hold a bottle.....and we smile with love and affection as the baby learns to pat-a-cake!
Time slips by so quickly as the child becomes a toddler and then a pre-school'er and boy are hands busy now! .....with toys and balls, books and crayons, puzzles, swings and other things. They've learned the art of buttoning a shirt, slipping on shoes and combing their hair; pushing and pulling, playing games; cell phones, i-pods and TV remotes; Nintendo, Wii's and keyboards.
Hands more mature now..... learn the art of affection. Holding hands with their first crush, and sweaty palms before their first kiss; petting a puppy or holding a kitten; rubbing achy shoulders of someone they love or changing a diaper when no one else wants to.
Hands are like puppets. They are controlled by the good, the bad, or the ugly. Hands in the hands of good, honest, and Godly people are like healing and masterful hands of love and compassion. But, hands in the hands of the evil and devious are destructive, frightening and brutal.
Hands say a lot about our character and show others the quality of life we live. Do we shake our fists at strangers or do we take out our wallet when someone is in need? Do we use our hands to defend our pride or do we fold our hands as we say a prayer? Do we use our hands in protest or do we extend our hands to the needy?
The Bible says, "Those who have clean hands and a pure heart will receive blessings from the Lord." It also says, "Lazy hands make for poverty". When Jesus was on the cross He said to God, "Into your hands I commit my spirit". And when we feel helpless.... we're apt to say, "It's in God's hands now," because we truly know........ "He's got the whole world in His hands!".
..............something to ponder.